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Police arrest suspect in South Hill burglaries

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 6, 2011, 8:15 p.m.

Spokane police have arrested a suspect in a series of burglaries on the South Hill.

Nathan Daniel Moore, 30, is to appear in Superior Court this afternoon on a residential burglary after being booked into jail Monday about 4 p.m.

Police believe Moore is the same man seen on surveillance video using a Starbucks card in Airway Heights that was stolen in one of the burglaries. Police released surveillance images last week seeking tips on the man’s identity.

Moore called police after seeing the photo “and gave us a story about how he came to be in possession of the Starbucks card,” said Lt. Joe Walker.

Detectives say witness reports and surveillance photos show Moore is connected to 15 to 20 burglaries in the Manito area in November.

The police department’s Anti-Crime Patrol Team has been investigating the burglaries for weeks. An officer who’s off patrol because of an injury looked through the reports “and everything started pointing back to Mr. Moore,” Walker said.

Police served a search warrant at Moore’s mother’s home in the 3700 block of South Gandy Street Monday, where they found property stolen in the burglaries.

“Lo and behold that just happens to be right in the middle of where all these burglaries were occurring,” Walker said. “Interestingly enough, after his picture was released the burglaries have subsided.”

Police found rare coins featuring Queen Elizabeth they believe are stolen and are asking for the owners to contact them. They believe Moore may have been selling the stolen property on Craigslist or eBay and ask anyone who purchased it to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233. Walker said they believe people purchased the property not knowing it was stolen.

“They’re not going to be in trouble; we just want to get this stuff back to the rightful owners,” Walker said. “As we get property back that’s going to build our case.”

Police also are asking for anyone who may have seen Moore’s early 1990s red Toyota 4Runner in their neighbor late at night to contact Crime Check.

Walker praised the work at the Patrol Anti-Crime Team, which consists of two groups of four officers and two supervisors.

“We don’t have specific property detective, but the PACT team members have been working these types of things all year long,” Walker said.

Police eliminated its property crime investigation unit this year, but patrol officers continue to investigative case with good leads or reoccurring themes, Walker said.

“They were on it once we started seeing this pattern,” Walker said. “We dump everything into it that we can.”

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