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Sirens & Gavels robberies archive

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 15, 2012


A reward is being offered for tips that help identify a man who robbed a Spokane convenience store at gunpoint early Saturday.
Surveillance photos released today show the man pointing a gun at a clerk at 7-Eleven, 1425 N. Maple St., about 4:30 a.m.
The robber is described as 5-foot-6 and 180 pounds, and in his late 20s or early 30s.
Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips <a href="http://www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org/">online.</a>  Tipsters do not have to leave their name to collect a reward but should lave a code name or number. (Spokane Police Department)

Photos show gunpoint 7-Eleven robbery

A reward is being offered for tips that help identify a man who robbed a Spokane convenience store at gunpoint early Saturday. Surveillance photos released today show the man pointing a gun at a clerk at 7-Eleven, 1425 N. Maple St., about 4:30 a.m. The...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 7, 2012

2 charged in attempted carjacking

Two suspected car thieves tried to steal a vehicle from a stranger outside a north Spokane restaurant, police say. Bennie Lee Carson, 31, and Charles A. Nickens, 27, followed the man north on North Division Street and confronted him when he pulled into the McDonald's...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 2, 2012

Home-invasion robber gets 10 years 

A robber who fled a north Spokane home after being struck with a sword has been sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison. Nathan T. McDaniels, 28, alias Gardner, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary and two counts of first-degree robbery and was...

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FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2012

Man arrested for unreported robbery

Another suspect in a home-invasion robbery has been arrested after his alleged accomplice told police about a crime that hadn't been reported. Travis Heath Bertholf, 40, is accused of robbing an apartment in the 2500 block of East Hartson Avenue with David Fredrick Smith sometime...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2012

Where's the heroin? Oops. Wrong house. 

Two suspected serial robbers apparently picked the wrong target back in late May, Spokane police say. Flint Fire Herrmann, 35, and David Fredrick Smith, 41, are charged with first-degree robbery for an invasion May 29 at a home in the 1900 block of West 26th...

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TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2012

7-Eleven robbery trio pleads not guilty

Three men accused of robbing a 7-Eleven store at gunpoint have pleaded not guilty. Joseph Taitano, 20; Aleksandr Ampleyev, 20; and Jorell Jones, 21; got about $300 in cash and coins and a felony charge of first-degree robbery for the incident at 1317 S. Grand...

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MONDAY, JULY 23, 2012

Suspect arrested in May home robbery

A fourth suspect has been arrested in a home-invasion robbery in the Indian Trail area that ended with a resident confronting his attackers with a sword. Erik J. Zacher, 26, is accused of robbing residents in the 9600 block of North Alpine Court in May....

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FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2012

TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2012

Another home robbery suspect wanted

A man who was arrested leaving a suspected robber's home with a bag of marijuana is now wanted for a gunpoint home-invasion robbery two days earlier. Oladejo B. Olajoyegbe, 24 (left), is accused of robbing a home in the 1700 block of East Columbia Avenue...

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2 arrested in South Hill home robbery 

Two men believed to be serial home robbers are responsible for a takeover-style invasion at a residence on the South Hill in late May. Flint Fire Herrmann, 35, robbed the home at gunpoint with David F. Smith, already in jail for a May 31 robbery...

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MONDAY, JULY 16, 2012

 Cynthia Van Holland, 47, is suspected of being the "Bad Hair Bandit." (Placer County Sheriff's Department)

Bad Hair Bandit suspect charged in Calif.

A former Kootenai County Jail nurse who also worked in elementary schools has been charged with robbing 21 banks in Washington, Oregon, California and Montana. Cynthia Lynn Van Holland, 48, is accused of being the "Bad Hair Bandit," a serial robber nicknamed by the FBI...

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SATURDAY, JULY 7, 2012

Suspects arrested in brazen robberies

Seven people have been arrested for a series of brazen gunpoint robberies that targeted not only drug homes but a fast food restaurant with customers inside. More arrests are expected as part of an ongoing investigation that began May 25 when four masked robbers burst...

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MONDAY, JULY 2, 2012

Man arrested for November robbery

A suspect has been arrested for a knife-point robbery at a northwest Spokane convenience store last November. Christopher Jeremy Jay Eby, 35, is jailed on a first-degree robbery charge for a Nov. 13 hold-up at Zip Trip, 2020 W. Francis Ave, that netted $58. Police...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2012

Cop finds robber asleep across street

A man who robbed a convenience store of a drink and beef jerky at knife point didn't get very far early Sunday, police say. In fact, Officer Scott Haney believes he found him passed out across the street with the stolen goods surrounding him. Haney...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2012

4th suspect arrested in '09 home robbery 

A fourth suspect has been arrested in a gunpoint home-invasion robbery that occurred nearly three years ago. Travis J. Kulhavy, 28, is accused of robbing four people at a home in the 500 block of East Garland Avenue on Oct. 8, 2009. Co-defendant Brian L....

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Home-invasion suspect bragged to others

A Spokane man arrested for a May 31 home-invasion robbery had reportedly been bragging about his crimes, including to a woman who herself was a home-invasion victim. David F. Smith, 40, remains jailed on $150,000 bond after appearing in Spokane County Superior Court Monday on...

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SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2012

Suspect arrested in May 31 home robbery

Spokane police on Friday arrested a suspect in a May 31 gunpoint home-invasion robbery. David F. Smith, 40, is believed to have robbed a home in the 1600 block of West Spofford Avenue. Police say a resident was hit with a handgun, but no shots...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012

Car could hold clues in home invasion

Police are hoping fingerprints or DNA on a car stolen in a home-invasion robbery will help them identify suspects. Officers found the 1997 Honda Civic stripped of its tires and wheels near West Gordon Avenue and West Glass Avenue in Spokane after it was stolen...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2012

Chicago bank robber cut from air duct

OAK LAWN, Ill. (AP) — A wig-wearing man broke into a suburban Chicago bank vault and nearly made off with $100,000 but got stuck in an air duct and had to be cut out hours later, authorities said Sunday. Charles Estell, 38, was found early...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2012

Store fights booze thieves w/ mace 

Employees at a Spokane grocery store pepper sprayed the front doors to try to stop two suspected booze thieves from attacking them on Friday, police say. Police say Kerry Alan Zaugg, 24, appeared to be preparing to assault an employee at Grocery Boys, 3430 N....

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Four masked robbers took over a McDonald's on the South Hill Friday night, and police are asking for help identifying them.
Police today released surveillance photos of the robbers, who accosted six people inside the restaurant at 4647 S. Regal St., just after 10 p.m.
The victims complied with demands and none was injured. The robbers, who wore black clothing, fled on foot before police arrived.
 (Spokane Police Department)

McD's robbery may be linked to others

Spokane police released this and other surveillence photos of the armed robbery at McDonald's May 25. View more here. A takeover-style robbery that targeted customers and employees at a McDonald’s in south Spokane may be connected to a similar gunpoint attack at a nearby home...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012

Boise fugitive arrested near Spirit Lake

A man suspected in a Boise home-invasion robbery was arrested recently near Spirit Lake. The Kootenai County sheriff's SWAT team took Bryson G. Smith, 27, into custody Wednesday at 28128 N. Highway 41. A confidential source told detectives Smith was hiding at the address and...

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THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2012

Suspect's friend deplores 'stupid' crime

A 17-year-old boy was arrested for a knife-point robbery early Tuesday that even his friend said was stupid. Edward D. Sjoquist is accused of threatening three people with a knife and stealing a wallet near North Monroe Street and West Cleveland Avenue about 12:35 a.m....

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012

Four masked robbers took over a McDonald's on the South Hill Friday night, and police are asking for help identifying them.
Police today released surveillance photos of the robbers, who accosted six people inside the restaurant at 4647 S. Regal St., just after 10 p.m.
The victims complied with demands and none was injured. The robbers, who wore black clothing, fled on foot before police arrived.
 (Spokane Police Department)

Robbers take over South Hill McDonald's

Four masked robbers took over a McDonald's on the South Hill at gunpoint Friday night, and police are asking for help identifying them. Police today released three surveillance photos of the robbers, who accosted six people inside the restaurant at 4647 S. Regal St., just...

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