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Kootenai County sheriff’s home burglarized by copper thieves

Kootenai County Sheriff Rocky Watson’s property on Cougar Bay, which was recently burglarized, sits vacant on Thursday. (Kathy Plonka)
Kootenai County Sheriff Rocky Watson’s property on Cougar Bay, which was recently burglarized, sits vacant on Thursday. (Kathy Plonka)

Lakefront log house on Cougar Bay is for sale

Someone copped the top cop’s copper in Kootenai County.

Sheriff Rocky Watson is the victim of a property crime after discovering copper wire and copper plumbing were stolen earlier this month from a lakefront home he owns.

The vacant log house on Cougar Bay used to belong to Coeur d’Alene Resort owner Duane Hagadone and his wife, Lola.

Watson and his wife, Mary, bought it and had it barged in 2008 from the Hagadones’ Casco Bay estate to the new location, at 3730 S. Highway 95, with a view of downtown Coeur d’Alene and Tubbs Hill.

The 4,084-square-foot, four-bedroom, three-bathroom home, built of larch and Douglas fir during the Depression, is listed for sale for $849,000. It comes with 500 feet of lake frontage and a pier, according to a real estate flier.

The burglary happened sometime between Oct. 5 and Oct. 12, according to a sheriff’s office report. The missing wire has an estimated value of $3,000 and the plumbing is worth about $200, the report said.

Thieves take copper from vacant homes, construction sites and utilities for the scrap resale value.

The sheriff told the officer who took the report that he visited the home Oct. 12 and noticed some insulation on the floor from the crawl space in the ceiling. When he looked in the ceiling, he noticed the missing wire and plumbing, according to the report.

The investigation will be given the same attention as any residential burglary, said sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Andy Boyle.

“Unfortunately, he was the victim of a crime like many other folks in the county. And we’re going to treat it just like anybody else’s case,” Boyle said.

There are no leads or suspects, he added.

The home was built in 1932 by a doctor who worked for a Silver Valley mine. The Hagadones sold it to make room for a new, 22,040-square-foot house.

The Watsons paid about $140,000 to float the cabin a mile or so to their 5.74-acre lot on Cougar Bay.

Watson told The Spokesman-Review in 2009 he would continue to live in his other lakefront home, on 37 acres at Rockford Bay, and put the Cougar Bay property on the market.

Watson has served as sheriff since 1999 and previously was sheriff for one four-year term in the late 1970s. He is not seeking re-election.

He has worked in law enforcement since 1968 and ran his own private security firm for 19 years.

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