Ofc. John O'Brien, PIO
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 3:06 p.m.
The Spokane Police Department’s (SPD) Patrol Anti-Crime Team (PACT) has arrested three subjects for nine of the eleven Gonzaga University area burglaries during their winter break. A large amount of stolen property was returned to the victims.
In an earlier media release, SPD provided information regarding numerous burglaries that occurred during Gonzaga University’s 2020 winter break. On December 29, 2020, a PACT investigator received notification of the burglaries and she began working the cases. Four days after being notified, PACT arrested three suspects while in the commission of another GU burglary.
The suspects were identified as Bobby J. Holt (57), Bruce R. Erickson (49) and David I. Good (38) who were charged with a combined 41 crimes.
Holt was charged with Residential Burglary (9 counts), Malicious Mischief 2nd degree (5 counts), Malicious Mischief 3rddegree (2 counts), Possession Controlled Substance (2 counts), Trafficking in Stolen Property 1st degree and Criminal Conspiracy.
Erickson was charged with Residential Burglary (9 counts), Trafficking in Stolen Property 2nd degree, Criminal Conspiracy and Possession of Controlled Substance (2 counts).
Good was charged with Residential Burglary (6 counts), Criminal Conspiracy and Possession of Controlled Substance.
The PACT investigator was able to link the three suspects to nine of the eleven burglaries. There were approximately 71 victims which included property owners who had to make repairs to extensive damage to doors forced open.
A large amount of stolen property was recovered during the investigation. Some of the property was sold across the state line into Idaho and recovered. One item recovered was a ring given to one of the victim’s by her grandmother. The PACT investigator set up a viewing event for the victims to identify their stolen property. About 60 to 70 victims attended and identified their belongings. This event linked the suspects to nine of the eleven burglaries.
Holt was the reported ring leader behind the crime spree and referred to himself as Robin Hood because he was gifting some of the stolen property to the homeless. Holt told the investigator there would be no more burglaries in the GU area after his arrest. As of now, there have not been any other burglaries, with the same M.O., since the arrests.
The PACT investigator dedicated nearly ninety percent of her work hours to this investigation and worked overtime on some weekends to be able to complete the investigation and file charges on January 23, 2021, nearly a month after the first reported burglary.
All three arrestees have criminal histories to include felony convictions.
Holt’s convictions include: Residential Burglary (3 convictions), Burglary 2nd degree (8 convictions), Possession of Stolen Property 2nd degree, Malicious Mischief 2nd degree and Possession of Controlled Substance (3 convictions). Holt has additional felony convictions out of Idaho and Montana as well.
Erickson’s convictions include: Possession of Controlled Substance (2 convictions).
Good’s convictions include: Burglary 2nd degree and Possession of Controlled Substance.
The suspects in these burglaries looked for opportunistic locations to commit their crimes. They targeted locations that had mail stacked up, non-shoveled walkways and no lights on. If you’re gone from your residence for an extended period of time, consider stopping your mail delivery (https://www.usps.com/manage/hold-mail.htm), using timers for lights and hiring a neighbor or service to clear snow from your property.
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