Five arrested in Ignatius case


The Whitman County Sheriff’s Office has identified five individuals accused of burglarizing the defunct St. Ignatius Hospital last week.

Sheriff Brett Myers said five Spokane residents were arrested Friday evening for felony burglary and theft. Deputies apprehended two adults for the alleged crimes: 20-year-old Donavan Hoffman and 21-year-old Malachi Beach. Three minors were also identified and will face charges. Myers added all five have admitted to taking part in the burglary.

The five individuals allegedly broke into the former hospital and stole about $3,000 in ghost-monitoring equipment, as well as clothing from its gift shop in the early hours of May 13. They also allegedly vandalized the institution upon their entry, removing wood to get into the hospital.

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