A city water department employee led police to two burglary suspects recently when he took a cellphone photo of the license plate of a suspicious vehicle.
Lawrence Tieken saw the 1995 Ford flat-bed truck parked at a City of Spokane pump house at North Havana Street and East Wellesley Avenue last Monday, then observed a younger man and woman exit the roof access of the pump house.
Thousands of dollars in copper wire was missing from the pump house.
Tieken took photos of the culprits, but they covered their faces just in time. But he was able to photograph the truck's rear license plate.
Police identified the truck's owner, and the Patrol Anti-Crime Team identified Cody A. Cabo, 19, as an associate.
Cabo was contacted Wednesday in the 3900 block of North Market Street after citizens reported a man on drugs. He admitted to the burglary, according to court documents, and said "Hillyard girl" named Nicky told him the pump house was filled with metal and copper, which can be sold at recycling centers.
Cabo faces charges of second-degree burglary and malicious mischief.