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Reward for tips on stolen for-sale cars

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead them to five vehicles stolen from Kootenai County car dealerships in the past two months.

A reward also is available for tips on the people who stole them.

According to Coeur d'Alene police Sgt. Christie Wood:

A 1999 white Jeep Wrangler sport 2-door with a black roof has been missing since March 16.

A 2001 blue Dodge Durango was stolen between April 14 and April 17.

A 1996 blue Chevrolet 1500 extended cab truck was stolen between April 28 and April 30.

A 2004 GMC Sierra 2500 crew cab, duramax, 4-door truck was stolen between April 28 and May 2.

Finally, a 1995 white Dodge Ram 3500, 2-door, flatbed truck was stolen between May 1 and May 2.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online. Tipsters do not have to give their names to receive a reward but should leave a code name or number.

3 indicted in bank fraud conspiracy

Brothers from Spokane and Post Falls and a third man have been indicted on a federal charge of conspiracy to commit bank fraud in a scheme that investigators say bilked $6 million from KeyBank.

Local and federal law enforcement agencies arrested this week 49-year-old Roger Spangenberg, of Post Falls, and 52-year-old David Spangenberg of Spokane, who were the owners of the now closed D&R automobile dealerships that had been located in Hermiston and Enterprise, Ore. Steven Johnson, 63, of Aberdeen, Wash., managed the dealerships. He was also indicted as part of the case.

Between 2007 and 2008, the Spangenberg brothers obtained loans from KeyBank to purchase cars. They then sold the cars without paying back the loans, according to a news release.

“These defendants left a multi-million dollar trail of destruction in eastern Oregon,” Assistant U.S. Attorney S. Amanda Marshall wrote.

The defendants all face up to 30 years in federal prison and a maximum $1 million fine.

2 arrested in car dealership prowlings

Two teenagers were arrested for breaking into vehicles at a Spokane Valley car dealership early today, police said.

William Russell Kelly and Mecayla Ann Santjer, both 18-year-olds living at 8100 E. Appleway Ave., are due in Superior Court this afternoon on a second-degree burglary charge

A private security guard for Gus Johnson Ford told police about 2:15 a.m. that two people were prowling cars at Appleway Honda on East Sprague Avenue.

Officer Mark Benner arrived to find Kelly and Santjer crawling under a fence. They said they'd been drinking and decided to look at vehicles.

Kelly pocketed disposable face masks, a key fob and several keys while prowling 10 to 15 cars, police said.

Ex-car dealer accused of identity theft

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to the arrest of an ex-car salesman accused of ripping off his former place of employment.

Jeremy M. Frechette, 37, was to buy a 1999 Dodge Durango from TCS Auto Wholesale, 2915 E. Sprague Ave., for $2,985, but employees say he only made two $300 payments.

Police believe Frechette, who worked as a sales manager, forged a dealership employee's signature and sold the Durango to a woman for $1,000 last March.

Prosecutors filed charges of second-degree identity theft and making false statement on certificate of ownership on Feb. 2.

A $20,000 warrant was issued for Frechette's arrest after he didn't show up for an arraignment on Feb. 16.

Frechette, 6-foot-1 and 230 pounds, last gave ha home address in the 7900 block of East Valleyway Avenue in Spokane Valley.

Anyone with information on his current location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

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