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Posted on: May 20, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Deputies Locate and Arrest Residential Burglary Suspect


Deputies Locate and Arrest Residential Burglary Suspect


Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies located and arrested a burglary suspect after he forced open the front door of an occupied apartment and fled early Wednesday morning.  An adult male inside armed himself and confronted the suspect as he entered the apartment. The suspect fled and was later located in a nearby parking lot.     


On May 19, 2021, at approximately 3:05 am., Spokane County Deputies responded to a burglary call at the Pine Valley Apartments, located at 3711 S. Hwy. 27, in Spokane County.   


The caller stated she was asleep and heard a loud noise.  Her locked front door was damaged by someone who tried to get inside.  


Deputy Johnson arrived quickly and contacted a male standing in front of the apartment.  He stated he was also asleep inside when he heard the front door being kicked in.  He grabbed a nearby firearm and displayed it as the suspect entered the front room of the apartment.  The suspect slowly raised his hands, backed out of the apartment, and ran away.  


He described the suspect as a white male, wearing a dark hoodie and blue jeans.  He said he got a good look at the suspect’s face and could identify him.


A few minutes later, Deputy Overbay advised he was contacting a male, later identified as 35-year-old Nicholas R. Moss, matching the suspect’s description in a nearby parking lot.  


A check of Moss’ name revealed an active felony Washington State Department of Corrections Escape Community Custody (original charge: Burglary 2nd Degree) and two misdemeanor warrants for Failure to Appear (Reckless Driving & Driving while Suspended charges).

 Moss was arrested for the warrants while the incident continued to be investigated.  He was advised of his rights and agreed to answer questions.   He denied kicking in the door and was only at the location to get gas for his truck.  


The male victim positively identified Moss as the suspect he confronted entering the apartment.


Moss was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for his valid warrants and new charges of Residential Burglary (felony) and Malicious Mischief 3rd Degree (misdemeanor). 

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