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Drug-addicted ATM thief gets 2 years

A longtime felon will serve about two years in prison for a rash of ATM thefts in early 2009 that the court ruled was driven by his drug addiction.

Keith G. Simpson, 44, was sentenced to 25 months in prison after pleading guilty to five counts of first-degree theft and one count of conspiracy to commit second-degree burglary.

The plea deal approved Tuesday mandates drug treatment in prison and dropped 15 additional burglary, theft and malicious mischief charges.

Simpson already is serving 27 months for various property crimes.

The charges are connected to a January 2009 crime spree in which Simpson and his alleged accomplice, Christopher S. Carden, crashed vehicles into storefronts, then towed away the expensive ATMs and looted them of thousands of dollars in cash. Carden, 36, is in jail awaiting trial.

Along with Simpson and Carden, Mychal L. Wahl, 20, is charged with three counts of first-degree theft for alleged ATM heists at Five Mile Heights Pizza and the Double Dribble Tavern.

Tips, fingerprints, surveillance photos and detective work led investigators to identify the suspects, documents show.

When police showed Simpson a surveillance photo from one of the heists and asked him who was in it, he said, according to court documents:”That looks like me. That looks a lot like me!”

Simpson’s prior convictions include possession of and trafficking of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, first- and second-degree theft, city theft, identity theft, second-degree burglary, DUI and probation violations, according to Crime Stoppers.

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3 charged with early ‘09 ATM thefts

A rash of burglaries last fall in which stolen vehicles were used to smash through storefronts to take ATMs came about at the same time Spokane saw a rise in car thefts. 

The crime spree was carried out in a manner similar to a string of ATM thefts in early 2009. Three men have been charged in connection with eight of the early 2009 burglaries, but the later burglaries remain mostly unsolved except for two incidents in December connected to a 33-year-old Spokane man.

Tips, fingerprints, surveillance photos and detective work led investigators to identify longtime felon Keith G. Simpson, 44, (left) and Christopher S. Carden, 36, as suspects in the earlier spree.

The men are charged with 20 counts of theft, burglary and malicious mischief for eight hits on businesses between Jan. 4 and Jan. 20, 2009.

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Police may have suspect in ATM thefts

A man arrested on drug charges is suspected of an attempted ATM burglary two days after he posted bail. George W. Butrick, 31, (left, allegedly) was arrested again Wednesday after police identified him as a suspect in an incident Oct. 21 at the Conoco at 3125 E. Mission.

Authorities have said the more than a dozen similar thefts and attempted thefts are likely linked, but Butrick has only been named as a suspect in one.

Surveillance video captured images of a man police think was Butrick before he smashed the Conoco store’s front window and fled. He had been arrested Oct. 19 on drug charges and one count of unlawful possession of a gun but posted $7,500 bail.

He was back in Spokane County Jail Wednesday night on new charges of burglary and attempted theft.

Police say he had another gun on him when he was arrested.

Read a story on the ATM thefts here.

Photo of ATM burglar released

Brazen thieves are targeting cash machines at Spokane-area convenience stores, using stolen vehicles to bash through locked doors and storefronts to grab and loot the secured ATMs.

Spokane police hope someone recognizes the man pictured above outside the Conoco Station at 3125 E. Mission on Oct. 21.

The Conoco burglary was one of at least a dozen incidents in the last three weeks in which thieves have used stolen vehicles to bash through locked doors and storefronts to grab and loot secured ATMs.

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