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Posted on: September 30, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Suspects Force Door Open to Claim Residence as Theirs

A male and female suspect were arrested and charged with Residential Burglary Monday evening after they were found inside a residence located in the 15700 block of East Broadway in Spokane Valley.

Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the residence on September 26, 2016 at approximately 6:20 p.m. after a family member reported finding the male and female inside.

Deputies arrived and contacted the victim who explained he found the male and female inside the residence when he arrived to check on it. He explained the residence is part of his mother’s estate which is currently under legal control and produced a written decree from the legal guardian of the property stating anyone caught on the premises without permission is to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Deputies located the male, identified as 18-year-old Nicholas W. Tutt, and the female, identified as 18-year-old Meaghan S. Stiverson, sitting on a curb a couple of blocks away. After detaining the two and advising them of their rights, deputies learned the pair had moved to Spokane from Iowa within the last week.

Stiverson told deputies they were homeless. She said she met another homeless male who told her the residence she and Tutt were found in was abandoned. With this information, Stiverson and Tutt thought they could enter the residence and eventually take possession of the property.

Tutt admitted to finding the doors of the residence locked and forcing the back door open to gain entry. He said they put down blankets and moved furniture in the home with the intention of staying.

Both Stiverson and Tutt were transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Residential Burglary.

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