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Garage Burglars Interrupted by Homeowners

Posted 4/9/2014 2:16 PM by MDGREGORY

On April 8th 2014 at approximately 1:50 a.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff’s deputies responded to the report of a burglary in the 8000 block of East South Riverway Avenue in Spokane Valley. The victim was reporting he was armed with a shotgun, a shot had been fired and there were several suspects.

When deputies arrived, they contacted two victims at the location. They stated their garage had been broken into several times in the last few days but they hadn’t reported the incidents because nothing of value had been taken. They believed the suspect might return and attempt to burglarize their garage again so they installed motion lights and armed themselves with a shotgun and “bear spray”.

When the homeowners noticed the motion light come on and heard sounds in the garage, they stepped out and emptied the can of bear spray into the garage. The suspects broke a window out and exited the garage. One of the suspects, a 17-year-old juvenile male armed with a machete, was confronted in the front yard of the residence by one of the victims who was armed with the shotgun. The victim stated he yelled for the suspect to stop twice. The juvenile suspect, still armed with the machete, advanced toward the victim who then fired his shotgun toward the fence as a warning. The suspect immediately dropped the weapon and backpack he was carrying and laid down on the ground.

When deputies arrived, the juvenile suspect was in the driveway wearing make-shift handcuffs constructed from zip ties. Multiple pieces of evidence were recovered from the scene including an air pistol but the other suspects were not located.

The suspect was arrested and transported to the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center where he was booked for Burglary 1st Degree.

Late yesterday evening, investigators with the Spokane Valley Police located and arrested a second suspect, 19-year-old Raynee D. Moore. Moore was located at a residence he had been staying at just a few blocks away from where the incident occurred. He was taken into custody without incident.

Moore was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Felony Burglary 1st Degree.

It appears from initial information the suspects believed there might be a large stash of marijuana stored at the residence.

This investigation in ongoing and detectives are still seeking a third suspect related to this crime.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.