Sirens & Gavels

'Nemesis' of property owners sentenced

A serial burglar who fled Spokane County District Court last April was sentenced recently to just under six years in prison.

Cole T. Monson, 37, described by law enforcement as the “nemesis” of property owners, pleaded guilty to 21 felonies for a crime spree that ended last March. A Spokane County Sheriff's raid related to the crime spree netted so much stolen property that detectives used a moving truck to transport the items.

According to court documents, Monson admitted the burglaries to police and said he “wrote the book on pursuits with the police.”

Monson told police after a March 13 chase that “he was so high at the time that all he could do was focus on not getting caught and not getting killed in a crash,” documents say.

Monson posted bond after his arrest but returned to jail the next month after fleeing a courtroom and falling outside the Public Safety Building. A judge had revoked his bond for a driving while suspended charge.

Monson was sentenced to 68 months in prison and ordered to pay $54,259 restitution after pleading guilty Friday to second-degree theft, second-degree possession of stolen property, second-degree identity theft, two counts of third-degree assault, second-degree trafficking in stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, theft of a motor vehicle and 12 counts of second-degree burglary.

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