County deputies bust up burglary ring

OKANOGAN – For the last several months Okanogan County Deputies have been working on several burglary and theft cases around the county and recently arrested three men suspected in the ring of thefts.

On Nov. 10 there was a report that the Free Methodist Church on Stanton Loop Road near Tonasket had been broken into and several items were stolen. Among the items taken were two large flat screen televisions, speakers, electronic equipment, guitars, overhead projectors, computers, an air compressor and several other items valued at over $7000.

“As the investigation continued information led them to a residence in Tonasket where they recovered several of the stolen items from the church – approximately $6000 worth of stolen items,” wrote Sheriff Frank Rogers in a recent press release.

Arrested at the residence for Possession of Stolen Property in the First Degree was Joseph E. Dagnon, 45, Tonasket.

“Deputy Terry Shrable and Deputy Isaiah Holloway continued to work on several leads over the last week, working with Omak Police Department, Oroville Police Department, Tonasket Police Department and the Colville Tribe Police Department. Information obtained by Deputy Shrable and Deputy Holloway led them to at least two other suspects,” writes Rogers.

On Nov. 18, Deputies Shrable and Holloway, along with Tribal Police Officers, located and arrested Kurtis C. Bishop, 24, Omak/Tonasket and Kyle A. Snyder, 20, Oroville. Both subjects were located hiding in a closet at the Rocky River HUD site outside of Omak.

Bishop was transported to the Okanogan County Jail and booked for an outstanding Department of Corrections warrant, an unrelated protection order violation, first degree Theft, first degree Possession of Stolen Property, second degree Burglary and second degree Malicious Mischief.

Snyder was also transported to the county jail and booked on first degree Possession of Stolen Property, second degree Burglary and second degree Malicious Mischief.

“The investigation is still ongoing and it is believed that these subjects, along with others, are also involved in several other burglaries throughout the county,” writes Rogers. “All of the officers involved in this case did an excellent job, but I give a lot of credit to Deputy Shrable and Deputy Holloway who pretty much worked this case non-stop, chasing down leads day and night. This was truly good old fashioned police work which involved a lot of hours and leg work.”