SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.—A Spokane Valley Sheriff’s deputy responded to a burglary at Ace Hardware at the northwest corner of Sprague and Sullivan Road early on Wednesday morning.
The deputy arrested one man, later identified as 31-year-old Christopher Evans, on the southwest side of the business, according to officials. Evans was kneeling on the ground inside the fenced portion of the business with his hands in the air, according to officials.
Officials said Evans told the deputy that he was inside the fenced area of the business dumpster diving.
Evans said he and a female in the car parked in the parking lot, later identified as 29-year-old Sarah Baker, were looking for scrap metal to sell to recyclers, according to officials.
According to officials, the deputy had received further information that a witness had seen Evans throwing items over the fence towards Baker’s vehicle. Evans denied doing this, but did admit he was placing items on top of the dumpster to steal from the business, according to officials.
The business had a ten to 12-foot high fence. On the north side of the business, the deputy said he looked on top of a four-foot electrical box and was able to see a shoe impression on top of the box that matched the tread design on Evan’s shoes.
The deputy utilized the electrical box, entered into the fenced area and found numerous items of scrap metal near and around the dumpster, as well as a lawn mower and metal retail stand, according to officials. These items were placed in close proximity to Baker’s vehicle with an apparent quick getaway in mind, according to law enforcement officials.
Both Evans and Baker were booked into jail on the felony charges of 2nd Degree Burglary.