SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane police arrested a South Hill Grinch, accused of stealing presents from under Christmas trees.
A neighbor in the 2800 block of South Manito Boulevard called police Friday afternoon after seeing a suspicious looking man.
Police arrived to find the suspect, 26-year-old Kyle Murphy, in the backyard of a nearby home. The yard’s back gate was open and the back door glass was shattered. Officers quickly arrested Murphy, who was allegedly carrying a bag full of presents.
The bag included gifts stolen from other homes. Officers matched the suspect’s footprints to those found in three other houses on West 13th, where other burglaries occurred Friday morning.
Detectives continue to search for some of the property stolen from these victims.
Police booked Murphy into Spokane Co. Jail for residential burglary. The Department of Corrections already had a warrant out for his arrest for a previous burglary. The suspect has an extensive record to his name for similar crimes, and was just released from prison after serving time for a prior burglary conviction. Murphy may face additional charges as the investigation continues.
Police advise neighbors to be cautious, especially during the holiday season.