September 1, 2012 in City

Burglary suspect caught by pants, then by police

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One burglary suspect was caught because his pants got stuck on security window bars late Friday night, police say, while a police dog tracked and cornered his accomplice.

Responding to a report of a burglary in progress at Holz Fuel, 5526 N. Market St., police observed two men ransacking the front office, according to a news release by Spokane police Sgt. Kevin King. The men fled out the other side of the business.

Officers found Christopher S. Lincoln, 34, hanging upside down with his pants around his ankles and caught on the window bars, King said. He had a footlong knife but was arrested without further incident, King said.

Officer Jake Jensen, who was first to arrive at the scene, dispatched his K-9 partner, Duke, to find the second man. The suspect, later identified as 20-year-old Bogdan G. Pustovit, was caught about three blocks southeast of the business, King said.

“That dog was amazing,” King quoted Pustovit as saying.

After being treated for “minor injuries from the K-9 contact,” Pustovit was booked into Spokane County Jail on a charge of first-degree burglary, King said. Lincoln was jailed on the same charge.


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