Deputies arrest burglary suspects at old Kaiser plant

Staff Writer

Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Leavenworth’s attention was captured in the early morning hours on March 13 when he spotted a late 90’s Honda Accord parked behind a building at the closed Kaiser Plant located at E2111 Hawthorne. Knowing there have been several burglaries reported at the location, he stopped to investigate further.
Leavenworth found the vehicle unoccupied but noticed the hood was still warm indicating it hadn’t been parked there very long. He also observed what appeared to be recently broken windows on the surrounding buildings.
Believing one or more suspects may be burglarizing the location, he requested additional deputies for assistance.
Deputy Phil Pfeifer, his partner K9 Enzo and several additional deputies responded to assist. Several K9 announcements were made before and throughout the search.
K9 Enzo then began searching the area and led deputies into a fenced area and several buildings. While K9 Enzo, Pfeifer and Leavenworth were searching inside one of the buildings, another deputy advised, via his radio, he had a male suspect, later identified as 36-year-old Dylan B. Lindsey, detained outside and there was potentially another male and a female hiding at the location.
Soon after, K9 Enzo contacted a female, later identified as 37-year-old Miranda P. Coleman, hiding behind a door, in the dark. Coleman did not initially follow commands but soon complied and was taken into custody.
The search continued but the third suspect was not located.
Lindsey told deputies he had heard the K9 announcements but didn’t want to be bitten, so he was running to surrender.
Both Lindsey and Coleman eventually admitted they were at the business to steal copper, had seen the “No Trespassing” signs on the fence of the business, and even remember previously being trespassed from the location.
Coleman had multiple flashlights, two pair of pliers, and inside the backpack she was carrying, Deputies found more than 20 pounds of copper wire.
Coleman received medical attention prior to being transported to the Spokane County Jail where she was booked for second-degree burglary possession of burglary tools and third-degree theft. .
Lindsey was transported to the Spokane County Jail where he was booked for second-degree burglary and third-degree theft.
Both suspects were released on their own recognizance after they appeared in court later that afternoon.