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Burglar requests just a bottle of wine

Police say a bottle of wine was the only thing missing from a burglarized home Friday night - and the burglar asked permission to take it.

Suspect Gary A. Patterson, 34, told police he entered the home at 828 E. Joseph Ave., because the front door was open, but he told Spokane police didn't take anything because he believed the resident was in the military, according to court documents.

A 26-year-old resident arrived home about 10:50 p.m. to find Patterson in his home with a knife in hand that was closed and not used in a threatening manner, police said.

The resident told police that Patterson asked if he could leave with a small bottle of wine he was holding, and he stated that he could.

Officers contacted Patterson near the home, and the victim identified him as the man who was in his home.

Police recovered the knife and bottle of wine. Patterson was booked into jail on a first-degree burglary charge. He remains there on $5,000 bond after appearing in Superior Court Monday.

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