The Spokane Valley Investigative Unit has put a repeat burglary offender behind bars after a three month long investigation. Now they're working on finding others involved in what is believed to be a burglary ring.
"These people that commit these crimes are preying on our citizens," Deputy Mark Gregory with Spokane Valley Police said.
Kenneth Runkel, 51, was arrested at his apartment in the 1300 block of North Magnolia on Wednesday on five felony charges.
The investigation started back on July 11 when the Painted Hills Golf Course was burglarized. A Spokane Valley resident saw two men that had backed up their four-runner to a storage shed, looking like they were ready to load their trailer with equipment inside. Luckily, the alert citizen snapped a photo of the vehicle, but it didn't show their faces. Officers began looking for the vehicle and two weeks later found it, with Runkel behind the wheel.
?At that time, we could not put him at that scene, just the vehicle,? Gregory said. ?So he was issued a citation, a criminal citation for driving while suspended."