Male in custody after causing nearly 30,000.00 dollars in damage to West Spokane business

Officer Daniel Strassenberg, PIO

Friday, May 24, 2024 at 10 a.m.

On May 22nd 2024 at just after 10am, SPD responded to a business in the 1100 block of North Maple Street on a report of extensive property damage. Upon arriving, officers observed three large commercial grade windows were shot out. A metal type ball/shot was located at the scene. An employee had video of the event. The windows were broken during the night starting around 9:30pm. The employee advised the male in the video was known to them from prior contacts and they knew of a location where the suspect was possibly living. The video also showed the suspect using an item similar to a sling shot to break the windows. A total of 3 windows were broken out with an estimated value of about $10,000.00 each.

Officers responded to an apartment complex in the 1500 block of West Gardner Avenue and contacted a suspect in the incident. At the completion of the investigation, officers developed probable cause to arrest the male for the property damage. Robert B. Sherer (53) was arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail for 1st Degree Malicious Mischief. Sherer was also booked on an unrelated protection order violation.

Officers applied for and were granted a search warrant to enter the suspect's residence to search for related evidence. Officers recovered a sling shot and a steel ball/shot similar to the one found at the business. SPD is also investigating a similar property damage incident near Monroe and Summit Boulevard that occurred sometime on 5-21-24.

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