Victim of Burglary Helps SPD Make Arrests and Recover Stolen Property

Ofc. John O'Brien, PIO

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 2:18 p.m.

Victim of a burglary and Spokane Police Patrol Officers work together to recover the victim’s stolen property along with a gun stolen in a prior vehicle prowling. Officers served two search warrants and arrested Robert R. Yapp and Joshua A. Aune for several felonies.

On November 10, 2018, Officers Stone and Guzzo arrested Robert R. Yapp (26) and Joshua A. Aune (38) for several felonies related to property stolen from a burglary at 800 E. Sharp Ave. The burglary victim saw some of his property listed on an online app that features items up for sale. Officers coordinated with the victim and located the suspects in a parking lot near 200 E. North Foothills Dr.

When the officers contacted Yapp and Aune in their vehicle, they saw four of the victim’s stolen guitars along with a handgun inside the automobile. A search warrant was sought and granted for the vehicle. The officers recovered all but one of the stolen guitars. The handgun, which had been reported stolen in a vehicle prowling on November 7, 2018, had one of the serial numbers scratched off. A MacBook Pro was recovered in the vehicle which had been reported stolen on November 4, 2018 in a residential burglary. Controlled substances, packaging material and a scale were also found inside the automobile.

A second search warrant was served at a residence in the area of 2100 E. Providence Ave. At that location, officers recovered the outstanding stolen guitar along with handgun magazines and ammunition.

Yapp is unable to lawfully possess firearms due to felony convictions of Theft of a Firearm and Possession of a Stolen Firearm. Yapp was booked into the Spokane County Jail for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 2nd degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (two counts), Trafficking in Stolen Property 1st degree and Possession of Stolen Property.

Aune was booked into the Spokane County Jail for Trafficking in Stolen Property 2nd degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance and an outstanding Assault 4th degree Domestic Violence warrant.

The successful resolution to these crimes is due in large part to the victims who recorded serial numbers and could also provide unique descriptions and photographs of their stolen property. One victim’s coordination with SPD directly led to locating and arresting the suspects. Spokane COPS locations have engravers for the public to use as a way to protect their property.

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