(Quincy, WA) — Quick work by a vigilant homeowner and Grant County Sheriff’s Deputies on Sunday helped catch a man suspected of burglarizing a rural Quincy home.
Stephen M. Bowman, 65, of College Place now faces charges of residential burglary, attempted third-degree theft, third-degree malicious mischief and resisting arrest.
The call started around 12:40 p.m. Apr. 14 when homeowner Lawrence Molitor called 9-1-1 reporting a burglary in progress at his home at 11719 Road K-Northwest. Molitor said he was in the kitchen of the home holding down a man he found inside.
Molitor said he was in another room attached to the home when he heard noises coming from outside. Molitor looked and saw an unoccupied Toyota Camry idling in the driveway. Not recognizing the car, Molitor then went inside the home and saw Bowman, carrying a Molitor family heirloom clock, attempting to run out the back door. Molitor tackled Bowman and held him while Deputies were on the way.
Deputies arrived a short time later and arrested Bowman after a brief struggle. Bowman, who was wearing gloves, complained his shoulder hurt. He was later taken to Columbia Basin Hospital where he was treated for a dislocated shoulder, and then lodged in the Grant County Jail. The Toyota was seized as evidence.
“Mr. Molitor was very brave confronting this man he found in his home,” said Sheriff Tom Jones. “He also helped Deputies take Bowman into custody.”
Anyone with further information about this case or cases where a gray Toyota Camry has been seen should contact the Grant County Sheriff’s Office at 509-754-2011 ext. 468, or send information to [email protected]. Tipsters can remain anonymous.