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Police collar trio for NW Spokane burglaries

By Aaron Luna, KXLY4 Reporter / Weather Anchor , aaronl@kxly.com
Published On: Dec 30 2013 08:38:47 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 30 2013 08:40:35 PM CST
Spokane Police Lt Steve Wohl
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane Police have arrested three people tied to burglaries and car prowlings that stretch from north Spokane to Spokane Valley.

The three suspects -- 29-year-old Daryl Ford, 25-year-old Amanda Macklin and 19-year-old Jordan Newkirk -- were believed to be committing these burglaries to feed a drug habit.

A rash of burglaries in northwest Spokane in late December put the Spokane Police Department's crime analysis team on alert. Patrol Anti-Crime Team members staked out the neighborhood waiting for the thieves to strike again.

"Our PACT unit was able to set people up in the city where they needed to be to try to locate suspects as they leave," said Lieutenant Steve Wohl with the Spokane Police Department.

A day after a reported burglary in the area those thieves tried again but this time were interrupted by the homeowner. That gave police suspect descriptions and a vehicle description, which ultimately lead detectives to a home in the 2300 block of North Madison and three arrests.

"I do have some detectives doing a search warrant as we speak on a vehicle that was taken from this and we're hoping that will lead us to more victims," Wohl said.

Police say Ford, Macklin and Newkirk were arrested on three counts of felony burglary and three counts of felony attempted burglary. Police say both Macklin and Newkirk have a long history of burglary and that drug addiction was their motivation for the thefts.

"People are starting at a younger age and getting addicted. Once they get addicted they have to precipitate that by stealing from us and doing these types of crimes," Wohl said.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office will now try and link the three to car prowlings and identity theft in the Spokane Valley.

"Through us locating some of the evidence and suspects they're now able to perhaps make a case and add more charges and get more (evidence) to do these guys and gals," Wohl said.

A judge set bond for Ford and Newkirk at $15,000 while Macklin is on a hold for violating parole in a federal case.

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