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3 Valley Robbery Suspects Arrested

Posted 1/8/2014 10:54 AM by MDGREGORY

Today, January 8th, 2014, at about 4:15 a.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies responded to the area of 11000 E. 3rd Avenue on a robbery call. Deputies contacted the adult male victim who told them he and his male friend were inside his apartment when someone knocked on the door. When he answered the door, he said three males, later identified as 32-year-old Robert Burke, 26-year-old Joshua Elmgren and 32-year-old Derek Sczenski, pushed him to the ground. He said one of the suspects punched him in the face before they duct taped he and his friend.

The victim told deputies the suspects stole his TV, computer, two guitars, a sweat shirt, cell phone, wallet and other miscellaneous items. He said the suspects were wearing super hero masks and that one of the suspect, later identified as Sczenski, took his mask off while inside his apartment.

Deputy Jeff Thurman and his K9 partner Laslo tracked the suspects to a residence near the area of 122 N. University Road. Deputies ordered the occupants out of the residence and ultimately located the stolen items from the victim's residence inside the house. Burke, Elmgren and Sczenski all claimed to have no idea how the victim's stolen property ended up inside their residence.

All three suspects were booked into jail for 1st Degree Robbery and Unlawful Imprisonment.