A suspected burglar caught wearing pants with methamphetamine in the pocket said the pants didn’t belong to him, police say.
Walter W. Young, 32, is suspected of burglarizing a Spokane Valley game store of more than $15,000 in equipment late Monday or early Tuesday with Coda Archuleta, 25.
Young was arrested in an unrelated burglary after a homeowner in the 1600 block of North Flora Road called police about 7 p.m. Thursday and said he’d arrived home to find his garage door open. He went inside this home, and a short time later his wife went into the garage and saw a man in their vehicle. The homeowner called 911.
Young told police he is living on the streets and entered the garage to get food and extra clothing to stay warm. Officers found receipts and other property belonging to the victims on Young, police said. Police also found a glass marijuana pipe and a bag of suspected methamphetamine with Young.
Police say Young told the officer the pants he was wearing weren’t his. First he said he found the pants and later he said he was given the pants by a local charitable organization.
Meanwhile, detectives had identified Young as a suspect in the burglary at Game On in the 11800 block of East 1st Avenue. The SWAT team helped execute a search warrant at an apartment in the 10100 block of East Main Avenue in Spokane Valley, where they found weapons as well as the majority of items stolen in the Game On burglary.
Archuleta was arrested after he arrived at the apartment on a bicycle. Both men face charges of second-degree burglary and first-degree theft.
Young also faces charges of residential burglary and possession of a controlled substance for the Flora Road incident.