Even suspected burglars don't have it easy in the snow.
Two Spokane Valley men are facing felony charges after officers tracked footprints in the snow to one of the men and later found another sleeping on an apartment floor, Spokane Valley Police spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan said.
The incident began at about midnight Thursday when Officers Dale
Wells and Sean Walter responded to a silent alarm at Ponderosa
Elementary School,10105 E. Cimmaron Drive.
When they arrived, they found a window that had been smashed out by a rock. It appeared that one suspect crawled inside and allowed a second suspect in through a door
Officer Walter began following two pairs of shoe prints in the snow away from the school and saw where the two suspected burlgars also approached several parked vehicles. It appeared they were able to get inside one of the cars which had been left unlocked, Reagan said.
While checking on the area, Officer Tyler Smith saw a man walking out of some trees. He detained the man, identified as 20-year-old Wayne R. McDonald.
At the same time, Officer Walter followed the tracks to a backpack in the same woods that McDonald had vacated. The backpack contained several items, including a GPS unit, which appeared to have been stolen, Reagan said.
After some questioning, officers learned the second suspect was at an apartment complex in the 3200 block of South University Road.
There they contacted 20-year-old Adrian W. Kober, who was sleeping on the floor near his wet clothes. Kober initially denied his identity and officers also determined that he was wanted for escape.
The officers arrested Kober on that charge. During a search, the officers found a bag under a nearby coffee table that contained a laptop computer marked "Central Valley School District."
The officers then booked both men into the Spokane County Jail on charges of second-degree burglary and vehicle prowling. They also charged Kober with making a false statement and second-degree possession of stolen property, Reagan said.