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Burglary suspect arrested

The Star of Grand Coulee, Washington

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Coulee Dam police have arrested an area man in connection with two recent burglaries at Riverside Lanes.

Arrested and now in Okanogan County Jail is Michael Shane Snyder II, 26.

Coulee Dam Police Sgt. Larry Hall said Snyder is being charged with second-degree trafficking in stolen goods, third-degree theft, and third-degree possession of stolen property.

Police are still investigating, and additional charges may be added.

Riverview Lanes was broken into twice in one week. The bowling alley has been closed since late summer, and the break-ins were noticed by owners Pat and Sara Zlateff on Oct. 19 and 22.

At the time of his arrest, Snyder had in his possession a check taken in one of the break-ins, police said.

Police said they also learned that Snyder had sold a number of brass fittings taken during one of the robberies to Coulee Recycling. A receipt shows he got $18.90 for 14 brass fittings. The Zlateffs said the fittings, for bowling alley equipment, were valued at about $577.

Snyder told police that he had found the brass fittings.

When Coulee Recycling received the fittings, an official there took a photo of Snyder and of his driver's license and had him sign the receipt, a requirement for metal recyclers. His signature on the receipt matched his signature on his driver license.

Taken in the two burglaries were a three-drawer toolbox, 50 feet of copper wire, an ohm meter, a welder, a number of files, an air compressor, a 263-piece Craftsman tool set, two plier sets and a Craftsman hex set. Total loss was set at just over $2,000.

Police said they are looking for the other items, but noted that Snyder is listed as a transient and has no permanent address; The items may be difficult to find, they said.

Police are also investigating the burglary of some soft drink machines at Coulee House Motel and Suites. It was reported that Snyder was seen on a security camera messing with the locks on the machines at the motel.

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Original Publication Date: November 4, 2015

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