Suspect sought in connection with several burglaries arrested

Kyle A. Snyder

Kyle A. Snyder

EAST WENATCHEE – An Oroville man sought in numerous burglary and theft charges in Oroville and Tonasket, including a theft at the Okanogan Eagles is being held in the Chelan County Jail.

Kyle A. Snyder, 20, was arrested in East Wenatchee over the weekend, according to Sheriff Frank Rogers, who said it was unknown as to why, but it could be in connection with an Okanogan County arrest warrant.

“For the last month law enforcement has been looking for Snyder. It is believed Snyder has been involved in burglaries in the Oroville and Tonasket area, at the Eagles in Okanogan and at various residence’s around the county. On Jan. 29, 2012, deputies recovered more stolen property at a residence in Okanogan which had been stolen from a residence in Crumbacher last month,” said Sheriff Rogers in a recent press release.

Snyder was arrested in mid-November 2011 with two other suspects for several thefts and burglaries in North Okanogan County, including a theft at the Free Methodist Church near Tonasket. In the church burglary two large flat screen televisions, speakers, electronic equipment, guitars, overhead projectors, computers, an air compressor and several other items valued at over $7000 were taken.

At the time of that arrest Snyder and Kurtis C. Bishop, 24, Omak/Tonasket, were located hiding in a closet at the Rocky River HUD site outside of Omak.

Snyder, who was out of jail on $15,000 bail, became a suspect in the theft of over $5000 in cash from the Okanogan Eagles on Dec. 30 of last year. While suspects in an unrelated incident were getting themselves “caught on camera” stealing the same-said surveillance camera, other burglars were stealing cash from the Okanogan Eagles — within hours of the crimes being reported several suspects were under arrest and authorities were seeking Snyder in the Eagles burglary.

On Dec. 30 a burglary was reported at a residence outside of Twisp where the owner of the residence had recently died. Deputy Laura Wright responded to the scene and learned the suspects went to the residence and stole several surveillance cameras from the residence and possibly other items.

“The problems for the suspects were…. 1.) the surveillance cameras were on and 2.) Deputy Wright and the complainants in the case all recognized the suspects,” said Sheriff Rogers at the time.

At the same time Deputies Tim Newton and Terry Shrable were dispatched to a burglary complaint at the Okanogan Eagles in Okanogan. The investigation showed that suspects had broken into the Eagles overnight and had stolen between $5000 and $6000 cash.

Deputy Wright had advised the other deputies on shift that she was looking for two suspects for the burglary in Twisp. Shrable, who was en-route to the burglary at the Eagles in Okanogan, spotted the camera theft suspects in a vehicle as they drove past him. Shrable was able to turn around and stop them. At the stop the two were arrested and taken into custody for the burglary at the Twisp residence.

During the investigation it was learned that Michael A. McClure, 34, Omak, and Snyder had showed up at the suspected camera thieves’ residence in Omak with a large amount of cash asking if they could get some methamphetamine from them, said Sheriff Rogers at that time.

“Snyder has told several people that since he is out of jail and it’s going to be a new year, he is going to continue to burglarize and steal as much as he can until he is caught,” said Rogers, in an earlier press release asking the community’s help in locate Snyder.

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 the Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He is single with a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

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