Officers follow footprints in snow and locate two suspects

Sgt. Lydia Taylor, 509.481.8565

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.

Incident #: 14-59389

Officers follow footprints in snow and locate two suspects; 19-year-old Darren Bard and 20-year-old Nicholas Whitney were arrested on 2 counts of 2ndDegree Burglary.

On 2-25-14 at around 2 a.m. Spokane Police responded to a garage burglary in the area of 100 W 23rd. Officers responded to the location and noticed fresh footprints in the snow leading away from the garage area. They also received several other calls of garage burglaries in the area during the same time. Ofc. S. Lesser and K-9 Ofc. C. Hamilton tracked the footprints in the snow until they observed a vehicle fleeing the area. They observed that the occupants of the vehicle fit the description of the suspects provided by witnesses and stopped the vehicle. Officers contacted the two occupants, 19-year-old Darren Bard and 20-year-old Nicholas Whitney.

Officers were able to match the footprints of the two men to the footprints found in the snow at the location of the burglaries.

Both subjects were booked into jail for two counts of 2ndDegree Burglary. The investigation into the incident continues. Police believe the two suspects may be responsible for more burglaries in the area. If anyone in the area of 0-200 W. 23rd was a victim of a garage burglary overnight, even if items were not stolen, please file a report with Crime Check at 509.456.2233.

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