SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- A suspected burglar told Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies that he was playing hide-and-seek with security guards at Kaiser Aluminum Tuesday morning.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to Kaiser Aluminum on a commercial burglary call at 4 a.m. A security guard called 911 and said there was a car parked outside the fenced area and he saw two were walking towards one of the buildings.
Deputies searched the building and found two duffel bags sitting outside a storage container. Authorities said there was also a hand cart next to the bags full of recyclable metals with two black coats.
Deputies found the two suspects hiding behind two 55-gallon drums. They ordered both suspects outs. Both suspects did not follow deputies’ commands and one suspect ran from the building. The second suspect, Donald Gilbrech, 45, was taken into custody. A large fixed blade knife, keys, a leather glove, a flashlight and binoculars were found on Gilbrech by deputies.
When deputies questioned Gilbrech he told them 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 building he would have left a “long time ago.” Gilbrech said he was only cutting through the property and he was not there to steal anything.
A Corrections Officer found a plastic baggie in Gilbrech’s wallet that tested positive for methamphetamine.
Gilbrech was booked into jail on felony charges of Commercial Burglary and Possession of a Controlled Substance, methamphetamine.
A warrant for the second suspect is expected soon.