Man confesses to nearly 1,500 Spokane crimes, suspect not in jail

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 4 at 6:20 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A September 13th questioning may help Spokane police solve hundreds of property crimes. Police caught a couple of alleged prolific burglars who claimed to be responsible to nearly 1,500 property crimes in North Spokane.

Officers interviewed Shaun Duff, 24, shortly after his arrest. Police said Duff admitted to 400 garage burglaries and more than 1,000 car prowls. He also claimed that he stole guns and provided them to Hells Angels. Despite the confession, SPD said Duff is not in jail. 

If Duff's confession is accurate, it would make him one of the most prolific thieves Spokane has ever seen according to SPD officers.
 
Court records showed that Duff was arrested for a burglary in September. An eyewitness identified Duff in one of the alleged burglaries. Court documents said Duff made his confession following the arrest.

Court documents said that Duff confessed to having two accomplices and that they were responsible for the high number of property crimes. Duff also told detectives that meth was behind the string of thefts all across North Spokane.

Despite Duff's long list of alleged crimes, he was freed three days later. Police said the early released happened because it is difficult to keep people accused of property crimes in custody. Officials said it depends on other convictions or other circumstances.

Detectives are still working to verify Duff's big claims. Officials said there is a summons for one of his alleged accomplices to appear in court. The duo allegedly hit property in Northwest Spokane and Spokane Police want people who live there to double-check their garage for any missing items.
 

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