SPOKANE, Wash. -- Police arrested four people after a break-in at a Kmart store in East Spokane early Tuesday morning.
Authorities responded to E. Sprague Ave. and N. Havana St. when the store’s burglary alarm sounded around 3 a.m. A 911 caller also reported seeing several people on the roof of the building. When officers arrived, they reported seeing two teenage boys on the roof of the Kmart and saw two more juvenile males inside the store with headlamps and masks on.
The Spokane Police Department then called extra officers and firefighters to the scene. Fire crews brought in ladders so officers could reach the suspects on the roof. Meanwhile, the store was locked down.
According to police, officers discovered a roof access area had been broken into and damaged. It appeared the suspects had rappelled into the store using a chain. Authorities also said several backpacks were recovered at the scene which contained watches, rings and other jewelry belonging to the business. A cart was also found that had been loaded with an Xbox and other electronics.
Police arrested 18 year-old Jose Lemus and three juvenile males. The four suspects faced 2nd Degree Burglary, 1st Degree Malicious Mischief and 2nd Degree Theft charges.
Detectives were also investigating a possible connection between the suspects and another burglary at the Kmart a month prior.