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Men suspected of preying on stuck driver

Sometimes good Samaritans aren’t so good.

Two Spokane Valley men have been charged with felonies after a woman reported a vehicle prowling in progress. Officers Timothy Jones and Tyler Smith arrived in the area of 17200 E. Mission Avenue shortly after 3 a.m. Thursday and arrested two men, Spokane Valley Police spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagn said.

Arrested were 25-year-old Curtis Mathew Jones and 26-year-old David A. Hallquist, who were parked next to a burglarized 1995 Volvo. But the suspected car prowling was only the beginning, Reagan said.

The officers contacted the owner of the Volvo and learned he had become stuck at the bottom of a hill. The owner told police that Jones and Hallquist stopped and offered to pull the car out with their truck. However, they only made it a short distance in the deep snow, Reagan said in a news release.

Jones and Hallquist told the Volvo owner to lock up the car because there were thieves about, Reagan said. The two suspects then gave the Volvo owner a ride home, and he paid the men $5 for the lift.

Officers think that Jones and Hallquist returned to the Volvo, smashed out a window and stole two stereo amplifiers from the car.

Upon arresting the men, officers found the amplifiers on the front seat of Hallquist’s pickup, Reagan said.

During the arrest, Officer Jones found a drug pipe and a baggie containing a small amount of methamphetamine in Hallquist’s clothing, Reagan said.

Jones already had a felony warrant for his arrest for possession of stolen property. The officers booked both Jones and Hallquist on new charges for vehicle prowling, second-degree possession of stolen property and Hallquist for possession of meth, Reagan said.

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