Sirens & Gavels

FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010, 12:25 P.M.

Man who steals to ‘make ends meet’ arrested

A man who once said he stole as "to make ends meet" was arrested Friday after sheriff’s deputies said he returned to the scene of a burglary.

Dustin L. Lang, 29, threatened a witness with a knife after being confronted about breaking into a garage at 6500 N. Jensen about 5:50 a.m., according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

A tracking dog found the knife and Lang's abandoned vehicle, but not Lang, the Sheriff's Office said.

But Lang, a convicted felon, returned to the scene after deputies left, and another witness called 911. Lang was arrested on charges of first-degree burglary and three counts of vehicle prowling, as an outstanding warrant.

Six years ago, Lang told The Spokesman-Review he viewed stealing as his way to make a living.

“If their garage is as big as my house then, damn, they must have insurance. They’ve got all this stuff and I’ve got nothing...I don’t do it because I like to steal, but I’ve got to make ends meet.” Lang said in an article you can read here.

He ended up pleading guilty to a slew of property crimes and serving 90 days in jail, according to news archives. He was sentenced to 22 months in prison in October 2008 after pleading guilty to four counts of second-degree possession of stolen property.

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