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Burglar Says He Was Playing "Hide-And-Seek"

Posted 10/31/2013 2:18 PM by MDGREGORY

On Tuesday morning, October 29th, 2013, at 4:00 a.m., Sheriff's Deputies responded to Kaiser Aluminum at 2111 E. Hawthorne for a report of a commercial burglary. The security guard called 911 and said there was a vehicle parked outside the fenced area and he saw two suspects walking towards one of the buildings on the property. Deputies located the vehicle that was registered to an adult male deputies have had numerous encounters with. Several other deputies looked for the suspects inside the property.

Deputies searched the property and located two duffel bags sitting outside a storage container used to store recyclable metals. There was also a handcart next to the bags full of recyclable metals along with two black coats.

Deputy Gavin Pratt looked inside the building and could see the outline of two subjects hiding behind two 55-gallon drums. Deputy Pratt backed out of the building, maintaining a visual on the suspects, and waited for Deputy Evan Logan to assist.

Both deputies entered the building and ordered the two suspects out. Deputy Pratt immediately recognized one of the suspects as the registered owner of the vehicle outside the fenced area. Deputy Pratt ordered both suspects to show him their hands. Both failed to follow commands and one suspect eventually ran from the building and was not located. The second suspect, 45-year-old Donald Gilbrech, was taken into custody inside the building. Deputies located a large fixed blade knife on him as well as keys, a leather glove, flashlight and binoculars.

When questioned about the incident, Gilbrech told deputies he had played "hide-and-seek" with security guards dozens of times and that if he would have realized there were actual "sheriffs" inside the property, he would have left a "long time ago". Gilbrech told Deputy Pratt he was only "cutting through" the property, he was not there to steal anything and that he works for a living.

After Deputy Pratt arrived at the jail, a Corrections Officer located a plastic baggie in Gilbrech’s wallet that contained a white, crystalline substance that field tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine. Gilbrech said he did not know what it was.

• Gilbrech was booked into jail on the felony charges of Commercial Burglary and Possession of a Controlled Substance, methamphetamine.
• A warrant for the second suspect is expected any time. His photograph will be provided at that time.