Posted 11/4/2013 11:21 AM by MDGREGORY
On Saturday, November 2nd, 2013, Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies Ray Miller and Brian Lawler responded to a residential burglary call near the area of 15600 S. Clear Lake Road. Deputy Miller spoke with the complainant who said his neighbor had passed
away and his daughter was in charge of the property. He said she lives in Montana and had asked him to keep an eye on the property.
The complainant said he and his son observed a Ford Explorer parked on the property and contacted 50-year-old David Richter and 40-year-old Erin McGovern outside the residence. They told the complainant they had permission from the owner to be there and they
were checking it out for a future rental home. He knew this was not true.
When Deputy Miller and Deputy Lawler arrived on scene, they contacted Richter and McGovern as they exited the back of the house. Richter told Deputy Miller he thought the home was abandoned and thought he had a legal right to be there. He continued to say he
read something on-line that said citizens could go onto properties that appeared abandoned, fix up the residence and later pay off tax debt owed on the home. Deputy Miller explained to Richter that was not the case and that it was illegal to break into the
Richter and McGovern were both booked into jail for the felony charge of Residential Burglary. Richter was also charged with driving on a suspended license.