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Woman Struck In Head After Robbers Burst In Home

Fri., Jan. 19, 1996

A 19-year-old woman was struck in the head after robbers burst into her Spokane Valley home early Thursday.

Three men were later arrested on charges of residential burglary and second-degree robbery. They were seeking the woman’s brother, who apparently owed them about $50, Sheriff’s Lt. David Wiyrick said.

The suspects are: Christopher R. Polinsky, 25, and William M. Polinsky, 27, both of Kellogg, Idaho; and Jamie L. Schelin, 21, 17602 E. Indiana.

At about 4:30 a.m., sheriff’s deputies responded to a burglary reported in the 4400 block of North Allen.

The woman had opened her door a crack - leaving a security chain in place - after hearing a knock. Then the door was kicked open, striking her in the forehead, authorities said.

The suspects threatened a 21-year-old man at her home and stole some items before driving off, authorities said.

Washington State Patrol Sgt. Rich Wiley later stopped and arrested the trio at Sinto and Argonne in a car matching the description the victims had given.

, DataTimes

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