SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -- A K9 officer with the Spokane Valley Sheriff's office is credited with apprehension and arrest of a suspected home burglar.
Spokane County deputies said they were called to a home on East Valleyway Avenue, near Broadway and Sullivan, after a neighbor observed a man breaking into the home.
Authorities stated they called the property owner's son, who told them nobody should be inside the home.
Deputies then released K9 officer Deacon to locate any suspects in the home. A few minutes later, deputies said Deacon discovered 51-year-old Michael Svoboda hiding in a bedroom closet.
According to authorities, Svoboda explained his friend “Vince” lived at the residence and he stopped by to visit. When he arrived, Svoboda said he found the door open and the glass of the door broken. He told deputies he went inside because Vince had allowed him to sleep at the residence before.
Dispatchers told KREM 2 News that they re-contacted the property owner and no one named Vince lived at the home.
While checking the area, deputies said they found a woman, identified as 50-year-old Tammy L. Forcier, inside a car parked a few homes away. Forcier told officers she and Svoboda were friends. She said she passed out while Svoboda was driving her to her car and she had no idea what was happening.
According to deputies, Forcier later admitted to detectives she handed a crowbar and gloves to Svoboda after he parked at the location. She said she was waiting for him to return when she was contacted by authorities.
Deputies said Svoboda was booked into jail for Residential Burglary, Obstructing an Officer and Malicious Mischief. Authorities stated that Forcier was booked for Residential Burglary.