Brazen Spokane Valley burglary suspect on the loose

Spokane Valley detectives are investigating a burglary where a woman brazenly walked into a home while the homeowners were in the back yard and their young son was inside watching TV. Deputies say she stole credit cards and electronics and then walked out of the house and into a waiting car.

Deputies responded to the reported burglary on E. Broadway Ave., between N. Burns Rd. and N. Progress Rd., in Spokane Valley around 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 22nd. 

The homeowners told investigators they were outside in the back yard when their son, who was inside watching TV, yelled that some lady was taking mom's purse. The victims ran through the house and out the front door in time to spot a woman getting in the back seat of an older white 4-door car, possibly a Mazda, which drove east.

Deputies were told the woman just opened the front door and walked into the house. She told the young child she was there to baby sit and walked back toward the parents' bedroom. She came out holding his mother's purse, so he ran to the back door to call his mom and dad.

The victims' credit cards were used, or attempted to be used, at several places around town. Detectives are attempting to identify a woman seen in surveillance video at one of those locations.

At the time of the burglary, the victims stated there were two males waiting in the vehicle as the female got inside. The driver was described as a white male in his 20’s with red hair and a beard. The passenger was described as a white male in his 20’s, dark hair and heavy set.

If you can help identify the female in this photo or you can provide any information regarding this investigation, you are urged to contact Detective Jeff Thurman at (509) 477-3278, reference #10052570.

(story: Matt Pusatory, KHQ Local News Web Producer; photo: Spokane County Sheriff's Office)

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