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FIRST ON KHQ.COM: Spokane Valley Homeowner Catches Would Be Burglar; Holds Suspect At Gunpoint Until Authorities Arrive

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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE VALLEY POLICE DEPT: On Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at 9:15 a.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies responded to a person with a weapon call near the area of 13600 E. 20th Ave. Deputies arrived on scene and found the victim homeowner detaining the suspect, later identified as 36-year-old Kevin Neu, at gunpoint in his neighbor's yard.
 
The victim told deputies that over the past three months his property has been burglarized three times. Copper wire, aluminum wheels and a motorcycle have been stolen from his property. On Tuesday he said he saw Neu walk to the east side of his shop, had no idea who he was, and figured it was the same person that had burglarized him over the past three months.
 
The victim armed himself with a shotgun, walked around the rear of his shop and caught Neu rummaging through scrap material the victim uses for his excavating business. Neu was very surprised, according to statements he made to the victim, and followed his commands to lie on the ground. The victim ordered Neu to his neighbor's yard and requested that his neighbor call 911. Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies were on scene in less than five minutes and had Neu in custody.
 
Neu had keys to a van parked near the victim's residence that had been stolen in the Newman Lake area Monday. There were at least six vehicle prowl and residential burglary calls reported in the Newman Lake area Monday and the van was stolen during Neu's apparent crime spree.  Deputies saw multiple items inside the stolen van that are assumed were stolen during Monday's crime spree in Newman Lake.
 
Neu has been charged with Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Criminal Trespass. Detectives will be contacting victims from yesterday's incidents in Newman Lake to see if any of the property in the van belong to them. Additional charges are fully expected.

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UPDATE: Kevin Neu, 36, was arrested after homeowner confronted him with a shotgun. Authorities say New was surprised anyone was home. The homeowner, Chris Malloy, has had his garage and outbuilding burglarized 3 times in the past few months.

ORIGINAL STORY:

SPOKANE, Wash. - On Tuesday morning in Spokane Valley a homeowner at 13619 E. 20th caught a burglar in the backyard and held the suspect at gunpoint until authorities arrived. The suspect was found with keys to a stolen vehicle. That vehicle was later tracked down nearby with stolen goods inside. The suspect was arrested. At this hour we're working on getting you more details. As soon as we get them we'll post them here on KHQ.com, Facebook and our Twitter news feed.

 

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