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Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012 10:00 am

SANDPOINT — Bonner County sheriff’s detectives have recovered as much as $40,000 in property taken in a recent rash of burglaries.

Sheriff’s Det. Gary Johnston said a young man arrested on an unrelated sex offense possessed some of the stolen property.

“The traffic stop led to stolen property, which led to more stolen property and it kind of snowballed from there,” said Johnston.

No arrests have been made yet in connection with the burglaries, although Johnston said the cases remain under investigation.

Kai Richard Leach was arrested Tuesday on a charge of sexual abuse of a minor under the age of 16.

He remains held at the Bonner County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing on the felony offense is set for Oct. 17 in Bonner County Magistrate Court. A public defender has been appointed to represent Leach, who is forbidden from contacting the alleged victim in the case.

Leach, 18, is accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl in Bonner County in September. His case file is devoid of any further details about the alleged misconduct.

Johnston said the burglaries were scattered around the county.

A trove of computer equipment stolen from Cedar Hills Church in Kootenai was recovered. The rest of the swag, which included firearms, power tools, electronics and all-terrain vehicles, was taken in residential burglaries.

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  • itzrandy posted at 12:10 pm on Tue, Oct 9, 2012.

    itzrandy Posts: 902

    There's a campaign down here in La La town which has the tagline of, "If You See Something, Say Something". It's actually been quite successful as of late and you do actually here the public uttering the statement, if only in jest. Even in jest, it means the statement is sticking with the folks.

    Might not be a bad idea to implement a similar program up there and put some advertising via radio and TV behind it.

  • ski2work posted at 12:42 pm on Sun, Oct 7, 2012.

    ski2work Posts: 628

    Kudos to the Bonner County Sheriff's department for solving these burglaries. It would be nice to see all these punks involved charged as adults and make an example out of them. We don't need thieving trash among us. Citizens need to get more involved, if you see something out of the ordinary report it and include descriptions, license plates.

  • bigdan posted at 5:58 pm on Sat, Oct 6, 2012.

    bigdan Posts: 2793

    Hopefully some of my fishing gear is among the recovered stuff.

  • Sandpointer2012 posted at 4:42 pm on Fri, Oct 5, 2012.

    Sandpointer2012 Posts: 1

    Yes! I always thought Sandpoint was the perfect safe place to live in and let my guard down. When going to the store or usual errands, I did not lock my door. Recently, a valuable stamp collection along with a suitcase full of coins were stolen. I did not alert the police since I hadn't gotten around to entering these in my Inventory so I can put in a claim. I am so upset and embarrassed at my lack of security with my assets that I took many years of hours and money invested so as to be able to leave something for my children. Now, I have I am posting this for the rest of you, especially seniors, to watch out and be sure to secure your home before leaving. [sad]