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Authorities hope a recent arrest will convince a suspected frequent laundry room burglar to change his ways.
Jason Amyot, 32, is being held at the Geiger Corrections Facility near Spokane International Airport, facing 17 counts of second-degree burglary. Police say Amyot went on a “crime spree” in Spokane Valley from September through October, breaking into laundry facilities at apartment complexes and busting open the machines to steal the coins within.
The thefts ranged in value from $12 at a complex on South Whipple Road late in September to a relative heist at a commercial laundry facility on East Sprague Avenue on two days earlier in the month, in which Amyot is thought to have stolen more than $2,000. Surveillance footage from that scene led officers to suspect Amyot, who has a long criminal history during which he's established a pattern of stealing from laundry machines, according to investigators.
Amyot said he was responsible for all but one of the 18 incidents police have linked to him. On some occasions, Amyot broke locks to get into the private laundry facilities; in others, he pried open windows from the outside or used keys that were hidden nearby. In at least one of the incidents, Amyot stole from facilities where friends were living, according to court documents.
One attempt, at a complex on Argonne Road, proved unsuccessful because the landlord had removed the change the day before the break-in, according to investigators.
Amyot has been in police custody since mid-October. He is being held on multiple warrants.
In what appears to be a case of she said/he ran, Spokane Valley Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 50-year-old man who was accused Thursday of breaking into a woman’s home.
Deputies, who are contracted to provide police service in Spokane Valley, responded at about 11 a.m. on Thursday to the area of 6800 E. 8th Ave. to a report of a burglary in progress.
The female homeowner said that Kevin Bunch, 50, had kicked in the back door of her residence and remained in her home. Deputies went to check and saw Bunch running westbound on 8th Avenue away from the home, sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Craig Chamberlin said.
The deputies set up a containment area and searched with a police dog. They found Bunch hiding between a fence and nearby house and took him into custody, Chamberlin wrote in a news release.
“Bunch told deputies he and the victim were in a relationship, which the victim said was not true whatsoever,” Chamberlin wrote.
Bunch was booked into the Spokane County Jail on the charge of residential burglary.
A 25-year-old man was found dead Sunday morning in what Spokane Valley authorities are investigating as a possible homicide.
Spokane County Sheriff’s detectives believe they know the identity of the deceased man but don’t know how he died, sheriff’s spokesman Deputy David Thornburg said in a news release. Thornburg said he doesn’t expect any more details about the case until today.
A driver discovered the man at about 6:20 a.m. on Raymond Road near the intersection with Mission Avenue.
“The male victim was found in the roadway only wearing a pair of shorts,” Thornburg said.
The man had injuries consistent with being struck or dragged by an unknown hit-and-run vehicle, Thornburg said.
“There was no evidence of the male being shot or stabbed,” Thornburg said. “There was a pair of shoes and blue jeans found near the body, but there was no identification to positively identify the male.”
He did have a number of unique tattoos that lead investigators to believe they know his name, but the sheriff’s office will not release that name until his family can be notified, Thornburg said.
An autopsy is scheduled for today.
“Given that the exact manner of death is unknown at this time, investigators are treating this incident as a homicide,” Thornburg said.