A man arrested during a vehicle prowling patrol in the Morgan Acres area of north Spokane County in January was arrested again early today by the same deputy during another patrol in the same area.
Yuriy V. Siriy, 22, had a large bulge sticking out from under his coat when Deputy Daryl Smith contacted him about 12:34 a.m. as he walked north on North Regal Street. It turned out to be a metal pry bar and a large screwdriver that he'd secured through the belt loops of his pants.
Siriy's pants were sagging from the weight of items in his pockets, which turned out to be two smaller screwdrivers, a key ring with several keys, a folding knife, a small flash light, another full key ring and a pair of black gloves. Smith said Siriy allowed him to remove the items from his pocket.
Siriy said he was walking to a friend's home to work on cars, but when Smith called a number for the friend, a man who answered "sounded like he just woke up and hung up the phone," according to a news release by Deputy Mark Gregory, spokesman for the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.
Smith said the pry bar had been modified, and the screw driver had gouge marks on the top consistent with being used on ignitions or key locks. Several of the keys were modified and shaved. Siriy was booked into jail for possession of burglary tools, which is a gross misdemeanor.
Smith arrested Siriy Jan. 30 on misdemeanor charges after investigating suspicious activity at the Morgan Acres Community Church, 7319 N. Regal St.