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Man arrested in South Hill burglaries

Wed., Dec. 7, 2011, midnight

Police say suspect caught on video using stolen card

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

Nathan Daniel Moore, 30, was ordered Tuesday to stay in jail on $20,000 bail for a residential burglary charge after being booked Monday afternoon. 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 photos “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 patrol anti-crime team has been investigating the burglaries for weeks.

Police served a search warrant at Moore’s mother’s home in the 3700 block of South Gandy Street on 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 asked anyone who purchased it to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233. Walker said police believe people purchased the property not knowing it was stolen.

Police also are asking for anyone who may have seen Moore’s early 1990s red Toyota 4Runner in their neighborhood 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.

Police eliminated the property crime investigation unit this year, but patrol officers continue to investigate cases with good leads or recurring 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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