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Mon., Sept. 12, 2011, 3 p.m.

Car-battery drug trade leads to arrest

Three people were arrested Sunday for the theft of a car battery that police believe was traded for drugs.

Brittnie Amber Seidler, 24, is accused of stealing the $184 battery from the AutoZone parts store at 5005 E. Sprague Ave. as Charssie Blaire Williams, 24, and David Anthony Berg, 37, allegedly distracted employees.

"Williams signaled Seidler when it was safe to exit with the battery. Seidler placed it in the back of Berg’s vehicle and then walked down the street," according to a news release by Spokane Valley police Sgt. Dave Reagan. "Berg and Williams later picked her up at a nearby Costco."

Officer Ryan Smith tracked the suspects by Berg’s recently-purchased Isuzu Trooper, which was used in the theft, according to the news release. Williams and Seidler were arrested for third-degree theft. Berg was arrested for first-degree trafficking stolen property.    

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