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Burglary spree earns man 29 months

A burglary spree at Spokane convenience stores last winter recently earned a 30-year-old man about two years in prison.

Michael L. Yamaguchi was sentenced to 29 months in prison for burglary and car theft charges related to eight burglaries, a few in which cars stolen from local dealerships were driven to the targeted stores.

Samantha Wynne, who babysat Yamaguchi's son during the burglaries and shared in the proceeds, was credited for one day already served in jail after pleading guilty last week to three counts of second-degree burglary and three counts of theft of a motor vehicle.

Yamaguchi's accomplice, Stephen Victor, pleaded guilty Tuesday to the same charges as Yamaguchi, eight counts of second-degree burglary and three counts of theft of a motor vehicle and was sentenced to 180 days in jail with credit for 145 days served. He'll be on probation for 12 months and all were ordered to pay $9,045 restitution. Detectives already recovered electronics bought with the stolen cash.

The three were arrested in February, but charges weren't filed until after Yamaguchi was arrested in another burglary in May. They were originally charged with 30 felonies.
  


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