Burglar arrested after being tracked by ankle bracelet

Former Oroville man in trouble with law again

“The deputies in this case did an excellent job and we appreciate the help from Snyder with the video and GPS coordinates… really makes our job a lot easier.” Frank Rogers, Okanogan County Sheriff

OKANOGAN – A man arrested for breaking in to, and burglarizing, the Okanogan Eagles was tattled on by his court ordered monitoring ankle bracelet.

“You just can’t make this stuff up,” said Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers in describing the arrest of Kyle A. Snyder, 22, of Omak.

Tracking the ankle bracelet also led to the identification of his alleged partner in the burglary, the recovery of money and seizure of drugs hidden in a teddy bear.

On the morning of Tuesday, March 4 county deputies responded to the Fraternal Order of the Eagles North 2nd Ave. in Okanogan regarding a burglary at the building. Deputies found that suspects had pried open the back door with what looked like crow bar. They also discovered the suspects had cut the phone line once inside and they tried to get into another room but were unsuccessful but did extensive damage to the door. The suspects damaged other doors in the building and were able to pry open a small safe and stole approximately $2000 cash from it. The suspects attempted to get into another safe and an ATM machine but were unsuccessful, according to Rogers.

Kyle A. Snyder

Kyle A. Snyder

Deputies then watched surveillance video from cameras that are installed at the Eagles. In the video they could see two subjects at the side of the building at approximately 1:43 a.m. The video shows the suspect, who are wearing hoods and masks break into the building and there is video of the suspects inside of the Eagles. The video also shows that the suspects left and returned to the building several times over two hours, part of the video is the suspects back in the Eagles at 4 a.m.

“This is where it gets good… After leaving the scene deputies discussed the method of the burglary and who had knowledge where things were. They also agreed from other information they had obtained that Snyder was becoming a person of interest. Snyder had also been arrested for breaking into the Eagles back in 2012,” said Sheriff Rogers.

However, deputies believed Snyder, a former Oroville resident, was still in jail awaiting his time to go to prison on other charges. When they checked on Snyder’s status, they discovered he had been released and was currently wearing an ankle monitor through Friendship Diversion, a company that does monitoring. Deputies went to Friendship Diversion and pulled up Snyder’s monitor history, according to the sheriff.

“That’s right; Snyder wore the ankle bracelet to do the burglary. The history on Snyder’s monitor showed that he went to from the Eagles several times that night and the times on the history also matched the surveillance video obtained from the Eagles,” said Rogers.

The history also showed deputies where Snyder went every time he left the Eagles. Deputies went to Omak and located Snyder at his mother’s residence. Snyder was arrested without incident and was later booked into the Okanogan County Jail for burglary in the second degree and malicious mischief in the first degree.

After Snyder was booked deputies went to the Motel Nicholas in Omak where the suspect had gone several times that night. At the motel they discovered the vehicle that was used in the burglary and they also questioned Alyssa A. Descoteaux, 19, Omak, who was staying in the motel room. After the interview Descoteaux was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and booked into the Okanogan County Jail. She was not charged with burglary.

Deputies returned to the Snyder’s mother’s home and contacted family members who the sheriff said were being cooperative with law enforcement. Deputies recovered approximately $400 dollars in cash and 32 grams of Methamphetamine, valued at approximately $2000.00

“Snyder had hidden the stolen cash and the Methamphetamine in a teddy bear,” the sheriff said.

The next day a search warrant was done on Snyder’s vehicle, Methamphetamine was the only thing found in the vehicle. On Thursday deputies went through Snyder’s ankle bracelet history again to see where else he had gone that night. They discovered that Snyder had gone to a local convenience store in Omak which has surveillance cameras. Deputies went to the store and viewed the film and the time on the ankle bracelet history.

“What they found was right after the burglary Snyder comes into the store wearing the same clothing and driving the same car, which he used during the burglary. They also were able to identify the second suspect, who was in the car with Snyder,” said Rogers.

Ryan P. Gregory, 28, is the second suspect in the Okanogan Eagles burglary. While it is though he  may have returned to his home of Everett, Wash., the Okanogan County Sheriff is still seeking information on his whereabouts. OCSO/submitted photos

Ryan P. Gregory, 28, is the second suspect in the Okanogan Eagles burglary. While it is though he may have returned to his home of Everett, Wash., the Okanogan County Sheriff is still seeking information on his whereabouts. OCSO/submitted photos

Deputies were able to identify Ryan P. Gregory Jr., 28, Everett, as the second suspect. Gregory was seen getting out of the vehicle wearing the same clothes which were caught on camera during the burglary at the Eagles, according to the sheriff.

Deputies searched all day for Gregory but were unable to locate him and information leads them to believe he had returned back to Everett. A warrant is being sought for Gregory, but Rogers asks that anyone that has any information on him contact the sheriff’s office.

“It should also be noted that Snyder is also being looked at for several other burglaries that occurred a few months ago. Another video from a burglary three months ago shows Snyder breaking into the business, wearing the same clothes and carrying the same backpack that he was using during the Eagles burglary on March 4,” Rogers said.

The investigation into this and the other open burglary cases is ongoing.

“The deputies in this case did an excellent job and we appreciate the help from Snyder with the video and GPS coordinates, really makes our job a lot easier,” said Rogers.

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He has a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

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