Cpl. Teresa Fuller
Monday, July 17, 2017 at 6:03 a.m.
Spokane Police, following up on investigative leads from the night before, arrested 3 teens for a series of burglaries that happened early Monday morning. Two of the teens were booked into Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center for 1 count each 2nd Degree Burglary and 3 counts each of Attempted 2nd Degree Burglary. One of the teens, Duane L Comeslast Jr. (19), was booked into Spokane County Jail for the same charges. The spree started in the 5500 block of north Wall and extended down to the Audubon neighborhood.
On Sunday morning, July 16, 2017, just before 2:30am, Spokane Police Officers responded to the report of teens breaking windows at Cozza Optical in the 5500 block of north Wall. Officers responded and found one of the side windows had been broken out and the alarm to the business was going off.
Approximately an hour later, officers responded to Best E-Ciggy in the 1100 block of west Wellesley on a very similar report. This time two of the businesses front windows were broken as was a window for one of the doors to the business.
Another hour after that, officers responded to Jitterz Java in the 2100 block of west Northwest Blvd. A witness on scene reported seeing juveniles/teens breaking into the coffee stand and rummaging through the business. While investigating that break-in, officers were called to Monkey Boy Art just a few blocks away in the 1900 block of west York on the report of broken windows and what looked to be an attempted burglary.
At least two of the businesses had surveillance footage that assisted in the identification of the suspects from the burglaries. Officers had determined who the likely suspects were that morning, but were unable to complete their follow up until Sunday night. Following up on the information they had developed, officers responded to a home in the 4000 block of north Oak and contacted the suspects. As more information came to light, the officers were able to apply for a search warrant for the home and recovered some of the items stolen from Jitterz, clothing that matched the clothing worn by the suspects in the surveillance footage, and glass pipes stolen from Monkey Boy Art in a previous burglary from several weeks ago.
The Spokane Police Department would like to thank all who called in to report these incidents, as well as those who called in tips to identify the suspects from local media coverage. Your vigilance is a great help on investigations like these!
Officer John O'Brien