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Burglary spree earns man 29 months

A burglary spree at Spokane convenience stores last winter recently earned a 30-year-old man about two years in prison.

Michael L. Yamaguchi was sentenced to 29 months in prison for burglary and car theft charges related to eight burglaries, a few in which cars stolen from local dealerships were driven to the targeted stores.

Samantha Wynne, who babysat Yamaguchi's son during the burglaries and shared in the proceeds, was credited for one day already served in jail after pleading guilty last week to three counts of second-degree burglary and three counts of theft of a motor vehicle.

Yamaguchi's accomplice, Stephen Victor, pleaded guilty Tuesday to the same charges as Yamaguchi, eight counts of second-degree burglary and three counts of theft of a motor vehicle and was sentenced to 180 days in jail with credit for 145 days served. He'll be on probation for 12 months and all were ordered to pay $9,045 restitution. Detectives already recovered electronics bought with the stolen cash.

The three were arrested in February, but charges weren't filed until after Yamaguchi was arrested in another burglary in May. They were originally charged with 30 felonies.
  

26 felonies against trio of burglary suspects

What a difference an arrest makes.

Hours after a man already suspected in a string of burglaries last fall was arrested in a new break-in, prosecutors filed felony charges recommended by detectives in April.

Michael L. Yamaguchi, 29, and Stephen Victor, 19, appeared in Superiro Court today on 26 charges related to eight burglaries at gas stations and convenience stores on Nov. 21, Dec. 11 and Feb. 1.

The men were arrested in February with Samantha A. Wynne, 20, who also is charged. Detectives finished the investigation April 1. They’d searched apartments and found video games system and a flat-screen TV that Victor reportedly said he’d bought with the stolen cash.

Wynne reportedly admitted to babysitting Yamaguchi’s son during the burglaries and said the three split the proceeds. Yamaguchi said he sold the stolen cigarettes for $3 a pack or $30 a carton, according to court documents.

Yamaguchi was arrested Wednesday in another burglary at Hico Mart, 1201 North Barker Road. Charges were field for the burglaries that day.

He, Victor and Wynne are charged with burglary, theft and malicious mischief for each break-in, as well as theft of a motor vehicle.

Detectives say the trio made spare keys while test driving vehicles, then returned at night to steal the cars.

Here’s a list of the alleged crimes:

  • Nov. 21, burglary at Conoco, 3333 W. Indian Road
  • Dec. 11, burglaries at Divines, 10222 N. Division and 1428 W. 2nd; Quick Stop, 2508 Northwest Blvd.; Tesoro, 3158 E. 17th
  • Jan. 30 or Feb 1: Car thefts at Haven Street Motors, BJ’s Used Cars and Neighborhood Auto.
  • Feb. 1: burglaries at Shell, 1520 N. Argonne and 1007 N. Sullivan, and Taco Bell, 10620 E. Sprague. Jan. 30 or Feb 1: Car thefts at Haven Street Motors, BJ’s Used Cars and Neighborhood Auto.

Suspect in burglary ring arrested for burglary

A man suspected in a string of burglaries in February is back in jail after police say he broke into a convenience store then fled officers early today.

Michael L. Yamaguchi, 29, and Cullen J. Snodgrass-Gibson, 30, were arrested after a chase with Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake police. A delivery driver followed the suspects after he spotted a white van parked in front of Hico Mart, 1201 North Barker Road.

Snodgrass-Gibson jumped out of a passenger’s seat before Yamaguchi blew a tire and crashed the van in Liberty Lake, according to police. Spokane police officer Paul Gorman and his K-9 Maximus tracked Yamaguchi to a nearby housing area.

The van will be searched later today. Police said a cash drawer and spilled coin rolls are inside. Stolen from the Hico were cigarettes, coins and a small amount of cash.

Yamaguchi was arrested in February after burglaries at two gas stations in a Taco Bell.

Police believe Yamaguchi, Stephen Victor, 19, and Samantha Winne, 19, are responsible for a string of break-ins that began in November. Detectives say the trio made spare keys while test driving vehicles, then returned at night to steal the cars. The cars were then allegedly used in store burglaries.

Detectives sent an investigation to Spokane County prosecutors in April that recommends 30 felony charges, but no charges have been filed.

Yamaguchi and Snodgrass-Gibson are due in Superior Court this afternoon on burglary charges. Yamaguchi also faces a charge of attempting to elude police.

Trio of burglary suspects faces 30 felonies

Three people arrested for burglaries in early February are believed to be responsible for a string of break-ins throughout Spokane County that began in November, the Spokane Valley Police Department announced today.

Police are recommending 30 felony charges against Michael Yamaguchi, 29, Stephen Victor, 19, and Samantha Winne, 19.

Detectives think the trio made spare keys while test driving vehicles, then returned at night to steal the cars. Vehicles were stolen from Neighborhood Auto Sales at 3024 N. Market, Haven Street Motors, 3001 E. Heroy and BJ’s Used Cars at 4422 E. Sprague.

Police believe Winne would babysit Yamaguchi’s children while Yamaguchi and Victor burglarized the businesses.

The three are connected to burglaries at Conoco, 333 W. Indian Trails Road, in November, as well as burglaries in December at Divines at 10222 N. Division and 1428 W. 2nd Ave., Quick Stop at 2508 W. Northwest Blvd, and Tesoro at 3158 E. 17th Ave.

They were arrested in February after burglaries at a Shell station at 1520 N. Argonne Road, a Shell at 1007 N. Sullivan Road, and Taco Bell at 10620 E. Sprague. The three faces charges ranging from theft to malicious mischief. Police also are seeking one count of money laundering against Victor and Yamaguchi and one count of trafficking in stolen property against Yamaguchi.

Police say the businesses suffered tens of thousands of dollars in theft and property damage.

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