About $100,000 in stolen jewelry was recovered Thursday after police arrested a burglary suspect who claimed to be addicted to OxyContin.
Cody Michael Sutton, 20, is accused of burglarizing a home in Veradale after the owner's 12-year-old son allowed him inside about 4 p.m. thinking he knew his father, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.
Sutton left the home in a Jeep while carrying a resident's pink gym bag after the boy saw him going through kitchen cabinets, the Sheriff's Office said. The boy discovered his parents' safe containing the jewelry missing, and his mother called a family friend who said the suspect description sounded like Sutton.
A sheriff's deputy spotted the bag inside the Jeep outside Sutton's apartment in the 1700 block of North Union. Deputy Darrell Rohde and other deputies saw gold jewelry spread out on a table when another man responded to a knock on at Sutton's apartment door.
"The man was standing as if to hide something behind him," according to a news release by Sgt. Dave Reagan. "When Rohde told him to show his hands, the man dropped a handgun to the floor."
Deputies handcuffed the apartment's six occupants for safety purposes and seized the pistol, which was loaded an had an obliterated serial number.
Nearly all stolen items were recovered "with the notable exception of a three carat diamond ring," Reagan said.
Rohde believes the safe was dumped along Saltese Road, but it has not been located.
Sutton was booked into jail for residential burglary and possession of a controlled substance for Suboxone found in his backpack, Reagan said.