Evidence could link McDonald’s robbery, South Hill burglary



Posted on June 5, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 6 at 9:59 AM

SPOKANE-- Spokane County Sheriff's detectives pulled masks and black clothing possibly used by the people who robbed a South Hill home and McDonald’s at gunpoint.

On May 30th, masked robbers stole money and prescription drugs from a family on 46th Avenue. The McDonald’s on Regal was then robbed by people with semi-automatic handguns and a sawed-off shotgun.

Authorities said several suspects wearing black clothes, hoodies, gloves, and ski masks busted in to the home on 46th and stole two lock boxes filled with money and prescription pills. They were armed with guns.  Detectives think it was an inside job because the suspects knew what they were after.

Just a few days earlier, the McDonalds on Regal was hit by people with a similar description.

Detectives tracked potential suspects to a clean and sober house on Sunset Highway.

One of the men who lives there, Matthew Leander, is an ex-boyfriend of one of the victims in the home invasion robbery.

Detectives searched his apartment and located black clothing, orange and white gloves, bandanas, and other potential evidence.

Leander’s roommate, Drake Forsberg, has also visited the home on 46th.

Also in the warrant, detectives say a third man, David Deponte, has been reported to have committed robberies using black clothes, ski masks and shot guns. He lives near the other two men.

Detectives have not made any arrests in the case. They are comparing the evidence taken from the clean and sober house with the surveillance photos from this McDonald’s.