SPOKANE -- Last weekend, a burglar was caught on the South Hill after breaking into a handful of homes. He stole Christmas gifts, but was quickly apprehended by Spokane Police. Officers said it was the quick reporting of the crime by victims that led to his arrest.
Spokane Police said about two years ago, rumors they wouldn't respond to property crimes ran wild through the city. Officers said they worry that led to fewer crimes being reported. They want send a clear message to the community, all burglary calls are a priority. They said if a home is broken into an officer will definitely be sent to check it out.
"If someone is burglarized and they think nothing is going to happen and they don't report it, if that happens to five people in an area and no one reports it and we don't know, we can't do anything about it," said Major Frank Scalise.
SPD said two years ago, burglary calls did suffer as they focused on auto thefts. They said burglaries have always been a top concern, though follow-ups have suffered in the past.
Officers say Christmas is always a hot time for thieves. Make sure to use common sense. Don't display gifts in your windows.