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Man arrested in grandparents' burglary


A local man wanted in the burglary of his grandparent’s house was found in a house on Burdin Boulevard and arrested, police reported.

Michael S. Snyder II, 26, was taken to Grant County Jail on April 1.

In addition to the burglary charge, Snyder faces the additional charges of trying to escape and resisting arrest.

Police said they’d been looking for Snyder after identifying him as the person who broke into the home of Milton Snyder, his grandfather, on Miller Avenue in Electric City, March 7, and on another occasion the same month. Police had been looking for young Snyder for several days.

He had also been arrested for breaking into Riverview Lanes in Coulee Dam twice in the past six months. In that arrest, he was taken to Okanogan County Jail.

Police on Friday responded to a tip from a local citizen who stated Snyder was seen leaving and then re-entering a home occupied by Melvin Toulou Jr.

Three officers surrounded the home and announced their presence. Snyder fled by jumping over a back fence and racing down the alley, police said. He was finally caught after tripping and falling down. At that point, he resisted arrest, police said.

In a search after his arrest, police found a smoking pipe with a clear residue inside that tested positive for methamphetamine. The pipe is being sent to the Washington State Crime Lab. Possession of a controlled substance will be added to the other charges, subject to the official report from the crime lab.

Levi Johnson was the arresting officer, and was assisted by another Grand Coulee officer, and an officer from Coulee Dam.

Snyder was still listed as an inmate on the county jail roster as of Tuesday afternoon.

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