Here's a news release from Sgt. Dave Reagan:
Officers arrested a 29-year-old Spokane Valley man Saturday after determining that he had stolen a pair of expensive rings from an elderly neighbor.
The victim told Officer Cindy North-Jones that Landon A. Carothers had done yard work and other odd jobs for her in the past. At about noon Saturday, she let him into her apartment to discuss other work he might do for her.
During the visit, Carothers asked to use the victim’s bathroom. After he left, she discovered a pair of rings that had been on the bathroom shelf missing. One ring was valued at $2,000 and the other at $500.
North-Jones was joined by Officer Ryan Smith and they attempted to contact Carothers at his apartment. No one answered the door, but the suspect and his girlfriend were found on bicycles at Appleway and Sprague. Neither claimed any knowledge of the theft.
North-Jones went to Pawn One and learned that the girlfriend had attempted to pawn one of the rings, but was offered only $20 and decided to keep it. Confronted with this information, the suspects pointed out in a nearby field where they had stashed the stolen jewelry.
North-Jones arrested Carothers and drove him to the Spokane County Jail to be booked on a felony count of Second-Degree Theft. The girlfriend may face criminal charges for her participation at a later date.