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Residential burglar caught in the act

Published On: Dec 06 2012 02:42:18 PM CST
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Deputies caught a burglar in the act as he was piling stolen loot into a stolen SUV in front of a home in the 13500 block of N. Addison Tuesday.

Neighbors called 9-1-1 to report the front door of a neighbor's home appeared to be kicked in and someone was loading electronics up into the a Jeep Cherokee parked in front of the house.

A sheriff's deputy arrived at the house to find a woman standing next to the Cherokee while a man, identified later as Casey Hallman, was walking out the front door carrying several snowboards.

Hallman, 23, attempted to get into the Cherokee and drive away, but was stopped and detained by the deputy.

He told the deputy he was helping a friend move and two other people were inside the residence; no one else was found on the property.

The homeowner arrived and determined someone had forced entry through the front door; they also confirmed electronics equipment, including two flat screen televisions, in the back of the Cherokee, had been stolen from the home. A license check of the Cherokee revealed it too was stolen.

As he was being booked into the Spokane County Jail, deputies found Hallman had marijuana and three Oxycodone pills on him. He's now facing charges for Residential Burglary, 1st Degree Theft, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Obstructing and Possession of Marijuana. 

The woman who was at the residence with Hallman has not been arrested at this time, but deputies did say the investigation is ongoing and more charges may follow.

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