Sirens & Gavels

Burglary suspects caught in the act

Spokane County deputies arrested a man and a woman who claimed to be staying at a furnished but unoccupied home on North Sands Road after they found the home ransacked.

The case started Monday night when the homeowner drove out to the home, in the 25200 block of North Sands Road, and found a Ford Explorer parked at the home. Deputies responded, but the vehicle left and could not locate the Explorer.

Neighbors called Tuesday night and said the same Explorer had returned. Deputies again responded and ordered two suspects out of the residence. Arrested were 23-year-old Chaun Herkimer and 35-year-old Karen Lilyblad, sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Craig Chamberlin said in a news release.

Herkimer said he was homeless and that he and Lilyblad just stayed one night. But deputies found a broken window where entry had been made and several items packed in duffle bags as is if they were being staged for removal.

The homeowner reported the entire house had been ransacked and estimated the damage at $5,000, Chamberlin said.

Both suspects were booked into jail on counts of second-degree burglary and first-degree malicious mischief. Herkimer also was booked on two unrelated warrants.




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