MEAD, Wash. -- The Spokane County Sheriff said one of its K9s helped track down a vehicle prowler on Friday.
Deputies responded to Mead High School where a female student said she saw a male suspect inside her boyfriend’s car. She said the suspect was wearing a sweatshirt with a Superman logo on the front and he was carrying a backpack.
The girl’s boyfriend told deputies someone broke into his car and the suspect went south toward Hastings Road. Not long after, the principal total authorities that he saw the suspect jump a fence into a yard on Hastings across from the school.
Authorities set up a perimeter. Shortly after, a deputy saw the suspect running through yards on N. Ruby. A Sheriff’s K9 Unit arrived on the scene and found the suspect hiding under a table in a backyard.
The suspect refused to come out and K9 Ekko was sent after him. Ekko was able to catch the suspect and he was taken into custody.
John Heitman, 19, told deputies that he broke into the victim’s car with shaved keys. He said he had come from the Valley and had broken into two cars earlier in the morning. Heitman told the deputies he smokes $300 worth of methamphetamine every other day and steals to support his habit.
Heitman was booked into the Spokane County Jail for Possession of Burglary Tools, Possession of Stolen Property, Resisting Arrest and two unrelated felony warrants.