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K9 Ekko Finds Hiding Prowler

Posted 11/4/2013 10:19 AM by MDGREGORY
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Friday, November 1st, 2013, Mead High School Resource Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Rogers was contacted by a female student who said she just observed a male suspect inside her boyfriend's vehicle. She told Deputy Rogers she had never seen the male before and knew he had broken into her boyfriend's car. She said the suspect was wearing a sweatshirt with a Superman logo on the front and carrying a backpack.

Deputy Rogers contacted the victim at his vehicle. He told Deputy Rogers someone broke into his car and that the suspect walked south through the parking lot towards Hastings.

At about that time, the principal told Deputy Rogers a male matching the suspect description jumped over a fence into a yard on Hastings across from the school. Several other deputies responded to the area and set up a perimeter.

Shortly after the principal saw the suspect jump a fence, Sgt. Jay McNall advised he observed the suspect running through yards near the area of 12220 N. Ruby. Spokane County Sheriff's K9 Deputy John Cook and his partner Ekko arrived on scene. Deputy Cook observed the suspect, later identified as 19-year-old John Heitman; hide under a table in a backyard of a residence. Heitman refused commands to come out from under the table and Ekko was deployed. Ekko located Heitman under the table and he was taken into custody.

Heitman told Deputy Rogers he was able to break into the victim's vehicle using a shaved key. Heitman said he came from the Valley and broke into two vehicles earlier in the morning before taking the bus to the north side. He said he smokes $300.00 of methamphetamine every other day and steals to support his habit.

• Heitman was booked into jail for Possession of Burglary Tools, Possession of Stolen Property, Resisting Arrest and two unrelated felony warrants.

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