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Thieves break into home to conceal theft

Published On: Sep 06 2013 09:21:50 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 06 2013 09:28:05 PM CDT
Deputy Craig Chamberlin

Sheriff's detectives are investigating a home invasion at a Spokane Valley apartment complex, where three armed men forced their way into a unit at 6th Avenue and Eastern Road and stole a laptop computer possibly in an attempt to cover up a previous theft.

The bizarre circumstances of this home invasion robbery show you just how illogical some burglary suspects can be. After the theft of a valuable ring was supposedly caught on camera the thieves came back a second time to allegedly steal the surveillance video of the first theft.

"It's very possible that this is a situation where this heinous crime was committed to conceal possibly another crime," Spokane County Sheriff's Department Deputy Craig Chamberlin said.

The victim, who's also the son of a federal judge, told deputies he answered a knock at his door and was rushed by three young men he didn't recognize.

"This man was struck over the head several times with what he thought was a handgun and then apparently there was a coat used to try and strangle this man," Chamberlin said.

Fortunately, the victim's girlfriend scared off the thieves by calling 911; one of the suspects even jumped from the third story balcony, dropping the laptop supposedly containing the incriminating surveillance video.

"What was on that computer and why they were so interested in that computer is going to play a big role in this investigation," Chamberlin said.

The robbers were so anxious to escape with their take that they left behind their getaway car which was later traced to the Regal Arms apartments. According to a search warrant, inside one of the units detectives found a baseball bat and brass knuckles.

"Point blank, they were there to kill this man. They tried several different methods to try and take this man's life," Chamberlin said.

Detectives are now looking for the suspects who were only facing a simple theft charge when the ring was originally stolen. Now the suspects are facing robbery, burglary and assault charges.