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Five idling vehicles stolen this week alone

Auto thieves had easy pickings this week in Spokane.

Police say five vehicles that were left idling and unattended have been stolen this week alone, and urged motorists to resist the temptation to start their cars and trucks to let them warm up without anyone in them.

Moreover, leaving an automobile idling unattended is illegal and can result in a $124 fine, according to the Spokane Police Department.

Here's a list of idling vehicles police say were stolen in Spokane this week:

  • 2-09-14 at 6:00 am at 6000 N. Alberta.
  • 2-10-14 at 7:00 am at 2200 N. Dakota.  The vehicle was recovered on 2-10-14 at 2400 N. Cincinnati.
  • 2-11-14 at 8:30 am at 6400 N. Sutherlin.  The vehicle was recovered on 2-11-14 near the intersection of Walnut/Garland.
  • 2-11-14 at 7:00 am at 600 E. Mission.  The vehicle was recovered on 2-12-14 near the intersection of Sutherlin/Taft.
  • 2-13-14 at 7:30 am at 3100 E. Indiana.  The vehicle was recovered on 2-13-14 near the intersection of Regal/Upriver.

Ninja weaponry found at drug and car theft bust near Newport

A raid on a suspected car theft and marijuana-growing operation in rural Pend Oreille County earlier this week revealed the suspects may have been planning some unconventional self-defense.

Court documents show several anticipated items turned up in the search, which was conducted in conjunction with U.S. Border Patrol agents and the Spokane County Sheriff's SWAT team. Drug paraphernalia, large quantities of cash and an unspecified number of marijuana plants.

The throwing stars, however, seemed out of place with the modern ballistic weapons authorities unearthed. 

Agencies raided the property southwest of Newport after a suspect in a car theft detailed a stolen parts for drugs operation taking place in the area. Neighbors reported the clamor of bulldozers at all hours of the night followed by trailers pulling crushed cars from the property.

Two men were arrested in the raid. The search warrant authorizes authorities to search Walter Randall Todd, who was reported as out of custody from the Pend Oreille County jail on Thursday.

Auto thefts continue to climb despite fatal shooting

File this under the FYI category.

The fatal shooting of a fleeing SUV thief March 25 by a gun-toting Spokane homeowner apparently has done little, if anything, to curb auto theft across the city.

In fact, the number of cars and trucks stolen across the city in the days following the the shooting climbed 15 percent over the previous week, according to crime stats compiled by the Spokane Police Department. There were 45 autos reported stolen during the week ending March 30, compared to 39 during the previous week.

Community debate over homeowner Gail Gerlach's decision to open fire on the fleeing thief, 25-year-old Brendon T. Kaluza-Graham, has continued to rage. Gerlach told police he thought the thief was armed and raising a weapon at him while driving away in the stolen SUV.

Car stolen from EV High School

Spokane Valley Police are looking for a car stolen from the East Valley High School parking lot.

Police say the car’s owner parked his silver 1996 Honda Civic in the lot before attending baseball practice Monday at 4:15 p.m. When he returned an hour later, the car was gone.

The car’s Washington license plate is 785UMG. It has a large Oregon Ducks sticker in the rear window and a black front bumper.

Security cameras captured footage of a suspicious dark SUV with two occupants in the area.

If you have information about this case, call Deputy Scott Streltzoff at (509) 241-5285.

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