Man arrested for break-in


A Nespelem man was arrested and booked into Okanogan County Jail Monday after being identified as the person who broke into the Galaxy Smoke Shop last Thursday.

Police stated that Michael Stead, 26, was identified through security cameras on site.

After Stead was identified, police learned through a phone tip that the suspect was at a trailer residence in Elmer City. Police found Stead there, standing out in the yard with a piece of foil in his hand. He later told police he used the foil to smoke a pain pill.

An employee said that she thought eight packages of cigarettes were taken, but Stead admitted to taking only four packages of cigarettes, according to police, but he said they were no longer in his possession.

Surveillance videos from seven cameras showed Stead walking around the back side of the business, then yanking open the front door and entering the store, police said. The video showed Stead, officers said, going behind the counter, taking something and then leaving through the front door.

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The door jam and trim were damaged when entry to the building was gained.

The forced entry was noticed by an employee who saw the damage when she arrived for work. She called 911 to report the burglary.

Stead faces charges of burglary in the second degree, and theft in the third degree. Coulee Dam Officers Joe Lauseng and Adam Florenzen were involved in the arrest.


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