Police bust big burglary ring

Eight arrest warrants issued

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COEUR d'ALENE - Coeur d'Alene police have four suspects in custody and are seeking four more after cracking a massive burglary ring.

Detectives obtained warrants Thursday for eight suspects believed to be responsible for a rash of daytime burglaries in North Idaho and Spokane in the past few months, according to a press release.

Victims reported doors were kicked in, houses ransacked, and valuable items stolen in Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls, Rathdrum, Hayden, Sandpoint and Spokane.

Four suspects were served warrants while in custody in the Kootenai County jail on various other charges. All warrants have a $100,000 bond. Four other suspects remain at large.

"This group of thieves invaded the homes of multiple victims and took not only their belongings but their sense of security," said Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo.

Persons at large charged in connection with the burglaries:

* Joseph A. Lynch, 29, Coeur d'Alene. Warrant for conspiracy to commit grand theft, multiple counts of burglary, and multiple counts of grand theft.

* Jesse A. Williamson, 27, Coeur d'Alene. Warrant for conspiracy to commit grand theft, multiple counts of burglary, malicious injury to property, and petit theft.

* Kathleen E. Kelly, 29, Coeur d'Alene. Warrant for 15 counts of conspiracy to commit burglary, 15 counts of burglary, 15 counts of grand theft, and several miscellaneous charges.

* Susan N. Burke, aka Susan Church, 50, Spokane. Warrant for several counts of conspiracy to commit grand theft.

Already in custody:

* Emily A. Lynch, 28, Coeur d'Alene, Warrant for several counts of burglary and grand theft.

* Heather D. Yao, aka Heather Perry, 31, Post Falls. Currently in custody for a felony hit-and-run, Warrant for several counts of grand theft, burglary and possession of a controlled substance.

* Adam C. Ramirez III, 29, Post Falls. Warrant for conspiracy to commit grand theft. Currently on parole for a home invasion robbery that occurred in Kootenai County in 2009.

* Kasie D. Gordon, 25, Post Falls. Warrant for several counts of burglary and grand theft.

Police said the multi-agency investigation was resolved "through follow-up of investigative leads, recovery of stolen property that was linked to suspects, witness statements, and excellent crime mapping and Intel provided by crime analysts."

"I am proud of the officers that worked so hard to arrest these individuals," Longo said in the press release.

Victims continue to recover stolen property through the Coeur d'Alene police Facebook site. Burglary victims are encouraged to search the site for possible photos of their stolen property.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspects at large is asked to call Coeur d'Alene police at 769-2320.

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