Sirens & Gavels

The big time: a billboard

It looks like Eli Skalak is getting his 15 minutes of fame.

The suspected Coeur d'Alene burglar will be featured on Inland Northwest billboards advertising a crime stoppers reward for his capture.

Skalak, 29, is accused of breaking into an elderly man's home in the 1100 block of Margaret avenue in Coeur d'Alene Monday night.

The homeowner - awoken by his dog - shot suspect Shae A. Crump in the arm, according to the Coeur d'Alene Police Department. A third suspect, Jake S. Smith, 18, turned himself into police Tuesday night.

Anyone who knows where Skalak is is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. His mug shot will appear on Crime Stoppers billboards in Spokane and Coeur d'Alene as space becomes available.

There are billboards at the following locations: Sullivan and Mission, Sprague and Evergreen, Argonne and Montgomery, Dishman Mica and Appleway, 29th and Regal, and Huetter and Seltice in Coeur d'Alene.

Read the original story on the burglary here.




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