A theft investigation led to a SWAT team raid at a Spokane Valley home Wednesday, where detectives seized several suspected stolen firearms.
Donald Jay Patterson, Jr., 42, was arrested as a search warrant was executed at a home in the 3300 block of East 35th Avenue, where police found five guns believed to have been stolen from a home in the 2800 block of North University Road.
Patterson was stopped in a white Ford Mustang as he drove away from the home after being notified of the search warrant, according to court documents.
Police believe Kevin Robert Boler, 43, brought the stolen guns to the home. He was arrested in the 12000 block of East Valleyway Avenue.
The case began as a burglary, vehicle prowling and identity theft investigation. Police obtained surveillance footage showing suspects t later identified as Jermaine J. "Solo" Hockaday, 31, Justin E. Mueller, 30, and Marcella R. Walther, 34.
Mueller and Walther told police last week that they were "tired of their life style" and said they were angry at a man named Kevin "who kept a hold over them with an ever rising drug debt they owed him," according to court documents.
Mueller is in jail on theft and vehicle prowling charges. Hockaday is in Geiger Corrections Center on identity theft and stolen property charges. Walther was released after no charges were filed.
Patterson is in jail on charges of possession of a stolen firearm and felon in possession of a firearm. Boler is jailed on five counts of possession of a stolen firearm.