Detectives: appliances stolen by former real estate agent found

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 19, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 19 at 5:20 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Investigators said they recovered $15,000 worth of appliances Wednesday stolen in a burglary back in June.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office Investigative Task Force said the items were allegedly stolen by 40-year-old Derek A. Larson from an unoccupied residence for sale near 2100 E. Southeast Blvd.  Authorities found the stolen goods in a home near the 2200 block of E. Gordon.  

The discovery came after an investigation into the burglary Larson was accused of committing.  Detectives contacted the homeowners, advised them they were in possession of the stolen appliances and recovered the items without incident.  The homeowners said Larson told them he was a realtor and that he came into possession of the items from a residence he was trying to sell.  The homeowners will not be charged.  

Larson will be charged with an additional felony charge of Trafficking In Stolen Property.  He was previously charged with the burglary the appliances were taken from as well as 1st Degree Theft.  Officers had Larson under surveillance June 27th when they said he broke into the unoccupied residence.  According to investigators, Larson was arrested leaving the residence carrying several pieces of art work.

Detectives said Larson is a former real estate agent who used his home sales experience to become a crafty burglar. He reportedly looked for homes on the market that were vacant and that gave him the time to cut open the lock boxes that held the keys to the property.

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