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Prolific thief gets 10 years for string of residential burglaries

SPOKANE, Wash. - A prolific burglar, who was captured earlier this year after he was spotted during one of his attempted heists by a game camera, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Dean Blackford, 50, received 10 years for 15 counts of residential burglary, one count of trafficking stolen property and one county of unlawful possession of a firearm.

Blackford already had nine previous felony convictions under his belt when he was arrested this last spring and subsequently admitted to more than 20 residential break-ins, including one in April where he broke into a home where three sisters had to hide in a closet while he was inside the residence.

He told detectives after his arrest he broke into people's homes to support his $1,000 a week meth habit, and his arrest led to the takedown of a local burglary ring that was trading stolen goods for meth. Seven people were arrested in that bust.