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Man accused of stealing from unoccupied homes

A 40-year-old man from Spokane, Washington, has been taken into police custody on four felony charges related to residential burglaries. According to the report, the criminal charges resulted from an investigation conducted by two detectives, one from the Spokane County Sheriff's Office Property Crimes and the other from Spokane Police Department's Patrol Anti-Crime Team (PACT).

Both the detectives and PACT had been separately investigating the man for multiple unoccupied residential burglaries when they pooled their information and resources. The man had been stealing large appliances from unoccupied homes that were for sale. During his last alleged burglary, the man had been under surveillance. He was taken into police custody while leaving the residence with several pieces of art.

During the execution of several search warrants, the Task Force recovered multiple appliances that were allegedly stolen in the man's home and storage units. The man has been charged with one count of 2nd Degree Burglary, 1st Degree Theft and one count of Residential Burglary. The two police forces plan on executing more search warrants and may file additional charges against the man.

Accused individuals who are taken into custody for allegedly stealing property may face severe penalties. Under Washington law, both 2nd Degree Burglary and 1st Degree Theft charges are classified as class B felonies. If convicted, the consequences could include a 10 year maximum prison sentence and a maximum fine of $20,000.

In many cases, however, there are often reasons behind why some individuals may resort to theft. A dedicated Washington criminal defense attorney may be able to help the judge identify with their client and therefore have the charges penalties reduced. The attorney may also be able to help the accused individual get back on the right track.Source: Washington State Legislature, 'RCW 9A.20.021: Maximum sentences for crimes committed July 1, 1984, and after."

Source: KHQQ News, "Property Crimes Task Force Makes An Arrest", June 27, 2013