Burglar falls asleep in police car

By Othello Richards

SPOKANE, Wash. (KREM/CNN) - Authorities in Spokane, Wash. may be able to sleep a little easier Wednesday. Earlier in the day they captured a suspect believed to be responsible for a crime spree that began on Tuesday.

Speaking of sleep, the alleged burglar apparently needed to catch a few winks on the way to the police station.

Opening the door of the Spokane Valley patrol car did nothing to wake up 36-year-old Kevin Neu from a late morning nap. Just a little earlier, Chris Malloy says he spotted Neu from a bedroom window jump his backyard fence and head straight for his shop.

"He knew exactly what he was doing," said Malloy.

He says in the past three months, someone has stolen from his property a dirt bike, aluminum wheels and copper wire.

"Figured I got him," said Malloy.

The homeowner grabbed his 12-gauge shotgun. He surprised Neu.

He ordered him to the ground at gun point.

"Picked him back up, took him to the neighbor's because I didn't have my cell phone. He called 911 and we detained him there," said Maloy.

A few minutes later, valley police arrived and arrested Neu.

Authorities say they found on him a set of cars keys on him that belonged to a stolen van parked near Malloy's home. Deputies tell us it was stolen yesterday in the Newman Lake area, where they also received six vehicle prowl and residential burglary calls.

They say they found several items inside the van they assumed got stolen during Neu's suspected 24-hour crime spree.

"I think it's fair to say that he probably didn't have a nice healthy dinner last night, and a good night sleep," said Dep. Craig Chamberlin.

Authorities say the homeowner had a right to protect his property and did not go overboard.

Neu faces multiple charges including criminal trespass and possession of a stolen vehicle.


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