An 18-year-old Spokane man, who was arrested Thursday morning for allegedly breaking into Fat Daddy’s in the Wandermere Mall, appeared to have gone in a crime spree. One of his victims was a Riverside High School student.
Mitchell Sander, who was originally charged with second-degree burglary, face another second-degree burglary charge along with two counts of attempted burglary and a single count of vehicle prowling.
Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Wandermere Albertsons regarding a possible vandalism call at around 12:30 a.m. Deputy D. Westlake contacted the complainant who told him he had been parked in his vehicle in the mall near Shari's Restaurant when he saw a male cross U.S. Highway 395. He said he saw the male throw something at the window of a dry cleaning business in the complex.
The witness described the suspect as a white male in his late teens, wearing a red hat, black jacket and shorts.
Westlake drove to the complex and saw where a rock had been thrown against a window leaving a white dust film, but not shattering the window.
At about that time, dispatch advised there was an alarm at Fat Daddy's in the shopping center. When Westlake arrived he saw the front door of the business was shattered.
A Spokane Police Department K-9 unit assisted in clearing the business. After securing the business Westlake and Deputy S. Audie assisted with tracking the suspect north from the business. When they reached a chain link fence, deputies located a two rubber sandals, one on each side of the fence. They also located a cash register and broken liquor bottles they later confirmed were taken from Fat Daddy's.
At about 2:30 a.m., Deputy R. Brooke located a male walking in the area matching the suspect description. Brooke detained the male and requested the witness respond to the scene. The witness positively identified Sander.
The suspect was found in possession of a Riverside High School ID card. The Riverside student detailed other items taken from her car. Those items were found in Sander’s pockets.
A short time later it determined that someone tried unsuccessfully to break into the Rite Aid drug store on the other side of the highway. A store video showed a suspect matching Sander’s description throwing a rock at the drug store window.
A break-in was also reported at the Wandermere Golf Course clubhouse.