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Burglar Meets K9

Posted 8/5/2013 11:41 AM by MDGREGORY
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On Saturday morning, August 3rd, 2013, at about 6:15 a.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies responded to the area of 5900 E. Sharp to a burglary in progress call. The business owner located a male, later identified as 50-year-old Curtis Burgett, inside the fenced area of the business driving a forklift. He had struck the building with the forklift and damaged the fence. Once confronted, Burgett jumped an 8 foot barb wire fence into another business and took off running.

Deputy Jeff Thurman and his K9 partner Laslo responded to the scene. They initially were able to track and locate Burgett on a flat bed train car. When deputies gave Burgett commands, he failed to comply and ran from deputies. Laslo was deployed and made contact with Burgett on his right upper thigh and he was taken into custody without incident.

Burgett chose to answer Deputy Scott Streltzoff's questions. He told Deputy Streltzoff that he was doing maintenance security and thought he had a job at the business. He also told Deputy Streltzoff he worked for a company that showed security deficiencies on people’s properties. Last but not least Burgett asked Deputy Streltzoff if Deputy Thurman sharpened Laslo's teeth because they hurt so bad when he was bitten.

• Burgett was booked into the Spokane County Jail on the felony charge of 2nd Degree Burglary.

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