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Sirens & Gavels

In burglary of North Side pub, thieves stole whiskey

Three men are under investigation for a burglary at a Spokane bar that involved a smashed window and up to 10 stolen bottles of whiskey.

Blood was found at the scene, leading detectives to believe at least one suspect cut himself on a shard of glass while scrambling to steal Jim Beam, Jameson and Crown Royal whiskeys from the Backyard Public House, 1811 W Broadway Ave.

Manager Megan Severson called the burglary “a total smash-and-grab.”

One suspect, Gary L. Day III, 23, was arrested in a separate incident shortly after the burglary on June 2. Day faces charges of second-degree assault and second-degree robbery for allegedly choking his girlfriend and stealing her purse in a remote area along the Spokane River.

The burglary occurred around 4:30 a.m. Spokane police responded to the assault around 7 a.m., and the girlfriend reported that Day and a friend had planned to break into the bar. She also reported that Day hit her in the head with one of the stolen whiskey bottles.

Day was arrested while trying to flee the area near the river. Police reported finding his girlfriend’s stolen cellphone in his pocket. While executing a search warrant of a Cadillac belonging to 26-year-old Robert G. Bain -- another suspect in the case -- detectives seized a total of six alcohol bottles, including schnapps, and a Daisy pellet gun. Bain has past felony convictions of second-degree assault and residential burglary.

Day, who has past felony convictions of third-degree assault and unlawfully carrying a gun, is being held in the Spokane County Jail on four bonds totaling $22,500. The third burglary suspect is Isaiah B. George, 26, who was arrested in April on suspicion of domestic assault.

Severson said it cost about $1,000 to replace the window.

Chad Sokol
Chad Sokol is a general assignment reporter for the City Desk. He joined The Spokesman-Review in 2015 as an intern in the Olympia bureau covering state government. After a stint of freelancing, he joined the staff in 2016. His focuses include higher education, jails and prisons, white nationalism and anti-government extremism.

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