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Sheriff and police team up to arrest four-time residential burglar

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and Spokane Police Department joined forces to arrest Derek A. Larson, 40, on four felony charges of unoccupied residential burglaries.

Larson was arrested Thursday morning while breaking into an unoccupied home near 2100 E Southeast Blvd., near Lincoln Park, according to law enforcement press releases. Members of the two departments were watching Larson when he attempted to leave the residence carrying several pieces of artwork.

Larson allegedly broke into a total of four unoccupied homes that were for sale, according to the release. He had allegedly been stealing large appliances from each home.

Larson faces two charges of residential burglary, one charge of second-degree burglary and one charge of first-degree theft.

The sheriff’s office and the police department have partnered to create the regional Property Crimes Task Force. The Task Force executed several search warrants at Larson’s residence and storage units to locate the appliances stolen in previous burglaries. The group will be executing more search warrants and expect to file additional charges against Larson.