NORTH SPOKANE--Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a burglar in North Spokane after he tried to cut through the floor of a business with a chainsaw.
Deputies responded to a silent alarm at Pattison’s North on N. Mayfair Rd. around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. Although the alarm was silent, a faint drilling noise could be heard inside the building.
A man was found outside the business holding a pistol in one hand and a German Shepherd in the other yelling “get on the ground or I’ll shoot.” The man, who was the owner of the business, was ordered to drop the gun and control his dog.
The owner told authorities on scene he was yelling at a guy that climbed out from under the building holding a chainsaw. He said the man had fled and described him as wearing dark clothing and a heavy coat.
A truck was located nearby registered to 41-year-old Joseph Sica.
While searching around the business, a man matching Sica’s description was found walking in the area. Deputies noticed the man was sweating profusely and his pants were wet as if he’d been kneeling on the ground and detained him.
While searching the business, authorities found a hole cut in the floor with a cutting tool similar to a chainsaw.
Sica admitted the chainsaw belonged to him and that he was there to cut down a tree. Sawdust and small woodchips were also noticed on Sica’s clothing.
Sica was placed under arrest for 2nd degree burglary. When he was told this, his response was “but I didn’t get in.”