Pawn shop employees bust burglary suspects

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by WHITNEY WARD & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 15, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 7 at 8:00 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A chain reaction of events helped police bust a burglary ring in north Spokane. Officers announced on Friday that they made two arrests. Their investigation began the night before in an alley and ended at a pawn shop.

Police eventually caught both suspects at Coins Plus in Spokane. Officers arrested Robert Jones, 41, and Brett O’Brien, 18.

Neighbors in north Spokane tipped off police the night before about the two men. A neighbor said he spotted Jones and O’Brien carrying stolen items down an alley.

That same night, Coins Plus employee, Isaac O’Bannan received a call from the woman who had been burglarized. She called to warn O’Bannan to be on the lookout for her stolen belongings. The burglary victim described a set of coins including several silver dollars.

O’Bannan said that those coins arrived at his store two hours later. He told authorities that Jones and O’Brien brought the coins in to sell.

“He started pulling things out of a backpack and the first three things just happened to match exactly,” said O’Bannan.

Authorities said that O’Bannan immediately called police and tried to stall the suspects. Court documents showed that Jones tried to run when officers arrived at Coins Plus. O’Brien claimed that he did not know the coins were stolen according to authorities.

Jones and O’Brien were booked and could be charged for trafficking and possessing of stolen property.

Authorities said they are still looking for a third suspect as of Friday night. Anyone with information about Brandon Worley, 19, is asked to call police.

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