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Multiple Agencies Collaborate to Arrest Burglary Suspect

LEWISTON – Asotin County Sheriff’s deputies working with Lewiston Police and Quad Cities Drug Task Force Detectives arrested a 23-year-old Clarkston man on July 29, 2022, who is the suspect in multiple car burglaries in the Elks Addition from early that morning. 

Lewiston Police began receiving reports of car burglaries at about 0600 hours on July 29, 2022. More than six reports came in for thefts from unlocked vehicles in the areas of the 3500 and 3600 blocks of Country Club Drive, the 200 block of Shiloh Drive, the 3400 block of Selway Drive, and the 3200 block of Meadowlark Drive. Credit cards, cash, and two pistols were among the items reported stolen. 

Lewiston Patrol Officers identified Troy James Russell as the suspect through surveillance footage of him using one of the stolen credit cards at the Walmart in Clarkston. Russell was also confirmed to be in the area of the Elks Addition at about 0200 hours that morning by surveillance footage from a home in the 300 block of Reservoir Drive. 

Quad Cities Drug Task Force Detectives and Lewiston Detectives with the FBI North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force located Russell at a residence in the 1500 block of Poplar Street in Clarkston by 1430 hours that day. 

QCDTF Detectives applied for a search warrant to enter the residence after Russell refused to come out to police. Russell surrendered after Asotin County Sheriff’s deputies and detectives breached the front door of the residence. Russell was taken into custody without incident for an Idaho Felony warrant for possession of stolen property from a separate case. The primary resident of the home in which Russell hid could be facing felony charges for Rendering Criminal Assistance but was not taken into custody at that time. 

A search of the home uncovered one of the stolen pistols from a vehicle in the 3600 block of Country Club Drive. 

Russell is the suspect in multiple other burglaries in Lewiston and will be facing several more felony charges once extradited back to Nez Perce County. Russell is currently flagged as a fugitive from Idaho Parole and Probation from a Possession of a Controlled Substance conviction through Kootenai County. 

The Lewiston Police Department is grateful for the cooperation and assistance from the Asotin County Sheriff’s Office, Quad Cities Drug Task Force, and the FBI. Please let this case be a reminder to not store firearms or other valuables in your vehicles and ensure your vehicles are locked. Only unlocked vehicles were burglarized in this case—as is typical with most car burglary cases the Lewiston Police investigate.