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Teen Arrested Again, Sheriff Calls it Revolving Door Syndrome

Mar 07, 2012

Lyscomb F. Brown
An Omak teen was arrested Monday night for theft, just four days after being released from jail on similar charges.

Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said around 8:30 PM Monday, one of his deputies stopped a vehicle on Elmway for driving with its headlights off. When the driver, 18-year-old Lyscomb Brown, of Omak was asked for his driver's license and registration, he told the Deputy that he did not have the paperwork and then informed the Deputy that he had just stolen the vehicle.

Brown, who had just been released from jail on March 1, 2012 for vehicle prowl and thefts was taken into custody for Taking a Motor Vehicle Without Owner's Permission and for Driving with a revoked license.

Rogers said, at the same time deputies were investigating a residential burglary complaint at a residence on South 5th Avenue in Okanogan. The owner had come home to discover that someone had broken into the residence, ransacked it and several items were taken, including money and jewelry.

The Sheriff said, "As the investigation continued they were able to determine that Brown was the one that had broken into the residence and stole the items." Rogers said several of the items were located in the vehicle with Brown.

Brown was booked into the County jail for Residential Burglary, Theft 3rd degree, Malicious Mischief 3rd degree, Driving While Suspended/Revoked and Taking a Motor Vehicle Without Owner's Permission.

Rogers said, "It should also be noted that on the night previous to Brown's arrest there were several vehicle prowls and thefts throughout Okanogan. It is believed that Brown was also involved in several of these." He said, Deputies are continuing to recover items and the investigation is still on going.

Brown had previously been arrested by Omak Police Department for Burglary and had been released from the Okanogan County jail on January 20, 2012, after serving almost 6 months for burglary. Five days after his release, Brown was again arrested by Deputies for vehicle prowls and thefts.

Rogers said, "We have all heard it before...and this is the true definition of the revolving door syndrome in the criminal justice system."

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