Man accused of stealing Garabedian family heirlooms

SPOKANE, Wash. – A prominent Spokane heart surgeon’s home was broken into in late August.

Hrair and Hilda Garabedian’s home on South Pittsburgh was reportedly broken into sometime between August 23 and August 24. Hrair told police many items of value were taken from the home, including heirlooms.

Reuben Miller was arrested Monday in connection to the burglary and was charged with residential burglary and trafficking stolen property.

Hilda told authorities the suspect stole heirloom pieces, gold Armenian coins, her mother’s wedding ring with the date of 7/26/35 engraved on the band, her mother’s bracelet and many other pieces of jewelry.

Court documents said a woman contacted police saying she had visited with Miller on August 24 and told her he got a bunch of jewelry from an “old man on the South Hill.” She told police she knew he had burglarized a home. He also gave her two rings that she believed he had taken from the house. She claimed she saw a lot of the stolen property in a duffel bag. The woman told police he still had some of the items in his vehicle and his last vehicle had been impounded. Miller had also traded gold coins for his new Honda Civic, the woman said.

According to court records, the woman kept detectives up to date on Miller’s whereabouts and that he had been pawning some of the items. Detectives contacted the owner of Gold Bay Pawn. He said Miller had sold several pieces of jewelry and coins there on September 1, 6 and 9 for more than $2,000. Court documents said officers were able to recover the pawned items.

When Miller was arrested he denied pawning anything at the shop saying, “I’m not allowed to pawn anything.” Court documents said Miller has previous arrests for burglary, theft, vehicle theft, trafficking in stolen property and possession of stolen property.



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