SPOKANE-- An observant neighbor helped catch two Spokane Valley burglars attempting to steal from a sleeping 85-year-old man.
On October 7th around 5:30 a.m., Spokane Valley Deputies J. Ebel and B. Zlateff were dispatched to the 900 block of South Walnut Road to a burglary in progress call. A neighbor called 911 and said he was watching two unknown male subjects breaking into his neighbor's garage across the street. The witness said he watched both subjects take property from his neighbor's garage and place it into a vehicle near 9th and Walnut.
Deputy Zlateff arrived on scene and contacted the two suspects at the intersection of 9th and Walnut. Deputy Ebel saw that one of the suspects ran northbound from Deputy Zlateff. Deputy Ebel had positioned himself on the north side of the apartment complex at 10003 E. 9th and detained the suspect, identified as 50-year-old Kurt Goe, as he ran out of the complex.
Deputy Ebel contacted Deputy Zlateff, who had 22-year-old Tevan Williams detained. Williams had provided Deputy Zlateff with false names prior to Deputy N. Bohanek positively identifying him through a booking photo.
Deputy Ebel located a yard trimmer and gas can in the grass where Deputy Zlateff originally contacted both suspects. Goe's vehicle was also parked at the intersection where Deputy Ebel saw a Mantis brand garden tiller in the back seat that matched the yard trimmer on the grass.
Deputy Ebel walked south from the intersection of 9th and Walnut and found a Troybuilt snow blower next to a row of shrubs. The snow blower was right on front of the victim's home on Walnut.
Deputy Ebel was able to wake up the 85-year-old victim homeowner. They walked to Deputy Zlateff's location and the victim positively identified the snow blower, trimmer, gas can and garden tiller as his. He said he last saw all the items in his now open shed the day prior. He said he does not leave his shed door open.
Deputy Ebel spoke with both suspects about the incident. Not to his surprise both Goe and Williams accused each other of breaking into the victim's shed and stealing his belongings. Unfortunately for both suspects, Deputy Ebel was able to match both of their shoe tread to imprints left at and around the shed.
Goe and Williams were both booked into the Spokane County Jail for the felony charge of 2nd Degree Burglary. Williams also had a felony warrant through the Department of Corrections for Escape Community Custody.