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Spokane police arrest three in connection to pot shop burglary spree

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 29, 2017, 10:26 p.m.

Three men are suspected in a spree of overnight pot shop burglaries in the Spokane area.

Late Thursday night and early Friday morning two marijuana stores in Spokane Valley were burglarized. Noticing this, a Spokane police dispatcher, Trevor Berg, warned officers that stores in Spokane might be targeted, according to a police news release.

Shortly after Berg’s warning, Officer Trevor Walker, who was on Francis Avenue near Standard Street, saw a man, later identified as Nathanael I. Kilborn, 19, climbing out of the front windows of Cannabis and Glass in the 600 block of East Francis Avenue. Walker also saw another man running toward a vehicle, according to the news release.

Kilborn is charged with three counts of second-degree burglary.

Cannabis and Glass’ Spokane Valley location was also burglarized late Thursday night.

Walker arrested Kilborn without incident and alerted other officers. Officer Chris LeQuire arrested Michael L. Swanson, 20, shortly after. A third man was arrested at the Taco Bell in the 6600 block of North Division Street just after 3 a.m.

Swanson is charged with one count each of second-degree burglary, second-degree theft and second-degree malicious mischief.

Police found items from both Cannabis and Glass locations in the suspects’ cars, according to the news release. Video footage from both locations indicate that at least two of the three men were involved in both incidents.

The Spokane Country Sheriff’s Office is investigating the Spokane Valley burglaries.