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PCP found on Valley prowling suspect

A psychedelic drug best known for stories of strange and violent behavior by its users was found on a car prowling suspect early Monday in Spokane Valley.

Deputies first thought the small piece of paper found in a plastic baggie in Eric Faux's pants pocket was LSD on blotter paper, but field tests showed it was actually PCP, or phencylidine.

Faux, 25, was contacted in the area of 12200 E. 1st Ave. about 6:30 a.m. after a man called 911 to report a stranger looking in his vehicle and trying to open the front door to his home.

Deputy Jared Kiehn arrived to find Faux standing under the man's carport. When asked where he lived, Faux “shrugged his shoulders and laughed,” according to a news release.

Kiehn handcuffed Faux but Faux attempted to run away. He was arrested for obstructing and subsequently searched. That's when Kiehn found the PCP.

Faux was taken to jail for obstructing, second-degree vehicle prowling and possession of a controlled substance.

While en route to the jail, Faux “was yelling at passing cars, growling, having a conversation with himself and sweating profusely,” according to a news release. 'Deputy Kiehn advised the jail nurse of Faux possibly having ingested PCP when he arrived at the jail.”

Tips sought on CdA car prowlers

Thieves stole a a credit card from a car near Sanders Beach in Coeur d'Alene last week, then used it to rack up $185 in charges at Walgreens.

Surveillance photos from Walgreens released on Thursday show a man and two women, and police are looking for tips on their identities.

A photo of their vehicle also is included.  The victim told police he'd left his wallet in his unlocked car in the 900 block of East Young Avenue on July 26.

The vehicle was secure between midnight and 4 a.m. That's when the owner got a call from Citi Bank reporting fraudulent activity on his credit card and discovered his car had been prowled.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Coeur d'Alene Police Department at (208) 769-2320.

Who is this Coeur d’Alene car prowler?

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Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help identify a man caught on tape trying to break into vehicles at a Coeur d'Alene car lot.

Surveillance video shows the man trying to enter locked vehicles at Midtown Motors, 1008 N. 4th St., July 14 about 4:50 a.m.

Anyone with information on the man's identity is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online. Tipsters do not have to give their name to collect a reward but should leave a code name or number.

Car prowling surge reported in Spokane

Spokane police are combating a surge in vehicle prowling with a new public awareness campaign aimed at preventing it.

The “Remove it or Lose it” campaign, which officially begins July 9, aims to help citizens remember to keep valuables out of plain sight in their cars, park in well lit or high-traffic areas, keep their doors locked and to call 911 if they see someone prowling cars.

Police report a 38 percent increase in vehicle prowling in the past year.

A prowling suspect was arrested Tuesday morning near North Monroe Street and East Augusta Avenue.

Spokane police Officer Chris Johnson arrested Shabrawn M. Rautio, 20, after a witness reported seeing Rautio smash a car window and steal a red backpack.

Johnson spotted Rautio walking south on Monroe carrying a red backpack. He lied to Johnson about his name but eventually told him the truth. Police returned the backpack to its owner “who was extremely grateful for the return of her things,” according to a news release by Officer Jennifer DeRuwe, spokeswoman for the Spokane Police Department.

In another news release, Officer Brian Eckersley outlined the dire stakes of property crime and the steps that must be taken to prevent it.

“There is always somebody looking to take something from you. There are several out right now, looking in car windows and checking for unlocked doors,” Eckersley wrote. “Where is your purse, phone, lap top, jewelry or hand gun?  Are you sure?”
  

Shelter-seeking prowling suspect busted

A man arrested for prowling a car in Spokane Valley had a radio control car with him, and police are trying to find the owner.

Justin Wayne Croson, 27, told the maintenance manager at an apartment complex in the 2400 block of North Cherry Road that he was just sitting in his car when confronted Tuesday, but the manager knew he didn't own the vehicle.

Croson then told sheriff's deputies he was homeless, had fought with his girlfriend and was sitting in the car to get out the rain. He said he didn't know the owner of the car but denied looking through the glove box.

Deputies say the glove box and center console were open, and that the gas-powered radio control car was sitting on the a passenger seat. The vehicle owner said she'd left her car unlocked but that the glove box and console had been closed. She also said the radio control car wasn't hers.

Croson said “his ex-babysitter gave him the radio control car but could not remember his babysitter's name, address or what type of radio control car he was given,” according to a news release by Deputy Craig Chamberlin, Spokane County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

Croson was booked into jail on a second-degree vehicle prowling charge. The radio control car is a red, silver and blue Red Cat Volcano S30 valued at $229.  If you can prove you own it, call (509) 477-6612.
  

Suspect arrested in fitness center thefts

Detectives have identified a suspect in a series of thefts at fitness centers in Spokane and Kootenai counties.

James D. Tilley, 28, was arrested Tuesday on 16 felony charges related to gym locker break-ins and car prowlings at gyms across the region, including at Spokane Community College and Whitworth University. Other agencies, including police in Post Falls and Coeur d'Alene, are investigating similar incidents.

Detective Mark Stewart believes Tilley would steal items from lockers, including car keys that he'd use to prowl vehicles in the parking lot. Stolen items included jewelry and a gun that has been recovered.

Cour documents say the formal charges relate to break-ins at the Valley Fitness Center, 14210 E. Sprague Ave., on March 10, April 5, April 13 and May 8 and Global Fitness, 9233 E. Montgomery Ave., on April 19 and May 17, as well as thefts at the Whitworth University men's aquatic center on April 25.He's also accused of breaking into a car at Whitworth on May 11, then pawning a laptop he'd stolen.

Police identified Tilley as a suspect after an employee at Global Fitness obtained the license plate of the thief's car on May 17, and police traced it to the mother of Tilley's girlfriend.

A sheriff's deputy realized TiIley matched the description of the thief, and witnesses identified Tilley through a photo montage.

Stewart connected Tilley to the use or attempted use of stolen credit cards and also viewed surveillance video from the Zip Trip at West 10th Avenue and South Maple Street that showed Tilley arriving at the location with a backpack just before a citizen found backpack there with stolen wallets and other items taken in the gym thefts.

Police are recommending Tilley's girlfriend, Lindsay K. Nickerson, 27, who they believe drove Tilley to and from many of the break ins, also be charged. She has not yet been arrested.

Homeowner spots suspected prowlers

A Spokane Valley homeowner spotted two suspected prowlers looking at his car early today, leading police to arrest a suspect.

The man opened the front door to his home in the 2800 block of South Davis Road after seeing two men - one with a flashlight - looking into his Subaru Legacy about 2:30 a.m.

The men ran west from the home. The homeowner said he saw them start looking into other vehicles because they through he'd stayed at his home. The man's wife called 911, and Spokane County sheriff's Deputy Dale Wells searched the area of 13500 East Redlin Road, where the man said he'd last seen the prowlers.

Wells found Jacob S. Mager, 24, hiding between two gardens inside a fenced yard. Others deputies arrived and Mager was arrested without incident.

The homeowner identified Mager as one of the men he'd seen at his Subaru. Mager told Wells “he was walking with his friend “Mike” and had no idea “Mike” was prowling vehicles, according to the sheriff's office.

A woman who owns the yard where Mager was hiding told Wells she wants to pursue trespassing charges against him, so Mager was booked into jail on a count of second-degree trespass. He already posted bond and is out of jail.

Thief hits Homeland Security officer’s car

A Spokane woman is accused of stealing a federal Homeland Security officer's passport and and using it to pawn two stolen rifles.

 Investigators identified Amanda Wayne Macklin, 23, as a suspect after finding her number in Double Eagle Pawn's phone records. They say she called the pawn shop on Nov. 21 asking if a passport could be used to sell items there, then went to the East Sprague Avenue store and sold the stolen guns for $475 using a passport belonging to Shannon L. Hart.

Hart was at Oz Fitness at 603 E. Holland in Spokane on Nov. 20 when someone prowled her vehicle and stole her Homeland Security identification card, her passport and a Sig Sauer .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol, according to court documents.

Agents with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms obtained surveillance video of a woman pawning the rifles, which were stolen in a burglary Nov. 21 at a home in the 12000 block of North Denver Street. Macklin's family members identified her as that woman, according to court documents. Macklin told them she dumped Hart's passport and pistol into a dumpster, investigators say.

Federal agents also obtained a recording of Macklin telling her mother in a phone call from the Spokane County Jail that she pawned the guns and burglarized other homes to support her and her sister's drug habit. Macklin and her sister, Jordan Newkirk, already are charged with several felonies for an alleged burglary ring.

In the Dec. 26 break-in, the thieves used a spring-loaded punch to break holes through a lower window at a home in the 100 block of West Falcon Avenue and stole thousands of dollars in jewelry, including a ring that contained the ashes of the homeowner's mother.

Police in Kent, Wash, had noted the unusual burglary tool in Macklin's Kia Spectra when they arrested her there four days before the burglary.

Spokane County sheriff's Detective Mark Newton noted in his report that he and his partner have been detectives for 45 years total and have never found anyone in possesses of such a device, which he said would shatter normal glass but didn't at the Falcon Avenue home because the glass was tempered.

“If one were to use such a punch on a normal piece of glass, the punch would shatter the glass leaving no indication a punch was used,” Newton wrote in court documents.

Macklin was charged in that case in March. Prosecutors filed six new gun and property crime charges May 25 for theft of Hart's passport. Then a federal grand jury indicted her last week on a charge of unlawful possession and barter and disposal of a stolen firearm and misuse o a passport for allegedly dumping Hart's gun and passport.

Jailer catches vehicle prowling suspect

A corrections deputy caught a man prowling a county-owned vehicle early Saturday outside the jail, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

Suspect David Allen Mackin, 21, was arrested after Deputy Mark Sprecher saw him getting out of a county vehicle parked about 4:10 a.m. in a lot on the east side of the jail, where Sprecher had just finished his shift.

Mackin ran east toward Monroe Street, but Sprecher followed him in his vehicle and caught up with him in the YMCA parking lot on the east side of Monroe Street near the Public Safety Building.

Sprecher told the Mackin he was a sheriff's employee, called 911 and stayed with the suspect until police arrived.

Mackin was booked into jail on a charge of second-degree vehicle prowling. He was released alter that morning on his own recognizance per a judge's order.
  

Recently released thief arrested again

A convicted thief released from jail earlier this month was arrested Saturday after a citizen spotted him break into a car.

Nicholas F. Zielke, 19, told police he didn't know why someone was trying to pick a fight with him at the Conoco gas station at North Ash Street and West Indiana Avenue, but police say two men confronted Zielke after he was spotted prowling a car.

One of the men chased Ziekle as he dropped a box stolen from the car, according to police.

Spokane police Sgt. Steve Braun noticed the men about to fight and stopped them, then arrested Ziekle.

Officer Aaron Kirby found a bag of meth in Zielke's pocket, according to court documents. Zielke then spit on Kirby, which led to a third-degree assault charge, police say.

Zielke pleaded guilty April 11 to third-degree retail theft and was credited for 25 days already spent in jail. The charge stemmed from three theft arrests at Spokane three department stores.
  

Passed-out driver nets 6 felony charges

A report of a driver passed out in a running Honda with its trunk open and windows fogged up led to the arrest of a 28-year-old man on six felony charges early Saturday, police said today.

Randy Lee Jensen, Jr., could not tell if he was OK and if he knew where he was parked when deputies contacted him in the area of 6000 E. 9th Ave. about 4 a.m., according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

A homeowner called police to report the vehicle parked in his driveway. He said he didn't know who it belonged to but believed the driver was passed out.

Turns out the Honda had been reported stolen April 22, and Jensen had a warrant for driving on a suspended license.

Deputies found a clear plastic bag with Oxycodone in Jensen's right front jeans pocket. They also found several vehicle registrations, credit cards, driver's licenses, gift cards and military IDs that did not belong to Jensen, the sheriff's office said.

The items were stolen in several vehicle prowlings. Jensen had a shaved key in the ignition, along with a key chain with other shaved keys.

He was booked into jail on six felony identity and theft related charges, as well as the misdemeanor driving warrant. He remains there on $15,750 bond after appearing in court Monday. That includes $5,000 bond for an unrelated car theft case from January.

New charge refutes ‘doing good’ claim

A car prowling suspect who begged a sheriff's deputy for leniency earlier this month has been charged with burglary.

Orlando Jaramillo, 21, (pictured) said he had been “doing good” when he was arrested for stealing a cellphone April 3, but new charges filed in Spokane County Superior Court allege otherwise.

Jaramillo and his brother, Angelo Jaramillo, 22, are accused of stealing an air compressor from a truck parked at North Division Street and East Rockwell Avenue in January, as well as burglarizing a home in the 4100 block of East Pacific Avenue.

Tetyana Landrus, 19, is accused of selling the stolen property at a pawnshop.

The Jaramillos pleaded not guilty to the charges this week in Spokane County Superior Court and remain in the Spokane County Jail.

Car prowling suspect begs for leniency

A 21-year-old vehicle prowling suspect chased down by a Spokane County sheriff's deputy Tuesday night begged for leniency and said he had recently been released from prison, officials say.

Orlando Jaramillo, who was a Crime Stoppers fugitive just two months ago, told Deputy Robert Satake he was on probation and had been “doing good” but needed a cellphone, didn't have money and decided to steal a phone from a car in a North Division Street parking lot, according to a news release.

Satake was patrolling the area of Division and Cascade Way about 10 p.m. when he heard yelling about a robbery and saw a man chasing another man through the parking lot of Tire O Rama.

Satake turned into the Costco parking lot, exited his patrol car and ordered Jaramillo to stop, but the suspect continued running before Satake caught up with him and detained him.

The male victim said he and his friend were getting fuel and a soda at a gas station when Jaramillo asked for a cigarette, according to the sheriff's office. They told him no, and when they exited the store they found their cellphones missing and saw Jaramillo running across the street.

Jaramillo was booked into jail on charges of vehicle prowling, third-degree theft and obstructing. He was sentenced to 20 months in prison in December 2010 for second-degree robbery and attempted residential burglary.

Crime Stoppers was offering a reward for tips that led to his capture back in January when he was wanted for violating his Department of Corrections probation. He was arrested on a new residential burglary charge Jan. 30 but prosecutors have not yet filed charges.

Public urination claim doesn’t stop probe

A 22-year-old man's claim of public urination didn't stop a sheriff's deputy investigating suspicious activity at a north Spokane church  late Monday, officials said today.

Yuriy V. Siriy had 19 car keys of various shapes and sizes when Deputy Daryl Smith searched him after arresting him on misdemeanor warrants, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.
 
Smith was patrolling the Morgan Acres area of north Spokane County when he spotted a man “step out of the shadows” from behind Morgan Acres Community Church, 7319 N. Regal St., according to a news release by sheriff's spokesman Deputy Craig Chamberlin.
 
Smith contacted the man and identified him as Siriy. 
 
” Siriy stated he was walking home and needed to urinate so he went behind the church to stay out of sight,” Chamberlin wrote. Siriy was wearing a nylon belt with pockets containing the keys, many of which were shaved.  
 
“Shaved keys are commonly used to defeat locks during crimes such as vehicle theft, vehicle prowling and burglary,” Chamberlin wrote.
 
Chamberlin said Siriy “became verbally abusive and uncooperative” while in the patrol car and was unable to unlatch his seat belt. A second deputy rode in the vehicle after restraining Siriy and re-securing his seat belt.
 
Siriy was booked into the jail on misdemeanor charges of possession of burglary tools and obstructing in addition to the misdemeanor warrants for hit and run of an unattended vehicle and hit and run of an attended vehicle. 

$40k bond for man w/ 125 jail bookings

A repeat offender who has been booked into the Spokane County Jail 125 times remains there on $40,000 bond after appearing in court today.

Kristopher Kenneth Roybal, 34, already faces felony methamphetamine and stolen car charges for cases filed in May and October. He was out of jail on bond when a police officer who knew his licenses was suspended spotted him driving near the Spokane Arena and knew his license was suspended.

Officers found a ring of shaved keys on him after he was arrested, as well as a large purse and vehicle radio that they suspected was stolen. Police say the items were stolen from cars parked outside the Spokane Arena for a Chiefs hockey game.

A search of Roybal's 1994 red Cadillac Seville, which is registered to his mother, revealed bolt cutters, shaved keys, suspected marijuana and methamphetamine and other stolen property, according to the warrant.

Roybal has 14 adult felony convictions and three as a juvenile, all involving drugs, forgery or stolen property. His first felony conviction occurred in 1995, but police say his criminal history spans 21 years. He's been a Crime Stoppers fugitive twice since 2008.

Valley police target vehicle prowlers

Spokane Valley police are conducting vehicle prowling patrols as the Christmas season gets underway.

An emphasis Tuesday by the property crimes unit led to the arrest of Jeremiah K. Mileham, 21, who was booked into jail on charges of third-degree theft, vehicle prowling and driving while license suspended.

“The Spokane Valley Police Department and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone: items left in vehicles make targets of opportunity for thieves,” according to a news release by spokesman Deputy Mark Gregory. “As you shop, it’s better to keep your valuables with you and if you leave items in your vehicle, place them in the trunk where they can’t be seen.”

Cop’s truck is latest Ford fiend target

A state-owned Ford pickup assigned to a Spokane police detective is the latest victim in a rash of prowlings targeting the popular line of pickups in Spokane Valley.

The detective was on duty when someone “damaged the door lock to gain entry” to his F-350 pickup in the Albertsons grocery parking lot at Trent Avenue and Argonne Road and stole his briefcase containing a laptop computer. A witness told  him two men in a green Chevy had broken into the truck, according to a news release by Spokane Valley police Sgt. Dave Reagan.

The truck was assigned to the detective by the Washington State Training Commission.

Police are urging Ford pickup owners to park in highly visible area of Spokane Valley parking lots as they investigate the series of prowlings targeting the popular line of pickups.

Four break-ins were reported Monday, then another Monday break-in was reported today by a Colfax resident who said a $300 Garmin GPS unit was stolen from her F-350 pickup in the Lowe's parking lot after the thief pried the door handle and broke the lock. A Lowe's employee said security video showed the thief driving a green Chevrolet Suburban with no visible license plates.

Also on Monday, two victims reported having their Ford trucks prowled while parked at the Quality Inn in the 8900 block of East Mission.  

Anyone with information on the break-ins is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Prowler targets Fords in Spokane Valley

A prowler appears to be targeting Ford trucks in the area of Sprague Avenue and Fancher Road in Spokane Valley.

According to Spokane County sheriff's Sgt. Dave Reagan, a Valleyford man reported his Ford F-350 pickup was entered about 2:45 p.m. Monday while it was parked in the Lowe’s lot.  His GPS navigation unit, a Verizon cellular phone and other items were stolen.

About 4:50 p.m. Monday, a Cheney resident reported her Ford F-250 broken into while it was parked in the Lowe’s lot.  Cash and a cell phone charger were stolen.

Another Cheney resident told Crime Check that her Ford F-250 pickup was entered about 4:30 p.m. Monday and an old purse containing credit cards was  stolen.  The truck was parked in the Aslin-Finch parking lot and the victim said she was inside the store less than five minutes.

A fourth prowling incident was reported at 4:30 p.m. of a 1999 Ford Explorer parked in a lot at Main and Fancher.  The break-in occurred sometime between 6 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and an Apple IPod and $250 Sidekick cellular phone were stolen.

Method of entry was not listed in every report, but in two instances the door lock was punched in and in one instance the vehicle was left unlocked.

Reagan titled a news release about the thefts “Ford Fiend Fancher-Focused.”

 Anyone with information about these crimes is encouraged to call Crime Check at 456-2233.

Citizens chase down prowling suspect

Citizens cornered a vehicle prowling suspect in downtown Spokane today.

Glen Wayne O'Brien, 34, broke into a car near West Main Avenue and North Bernard Street about 9:45 a.m and fled as several witnesses chased him, the Spokane Police Department said.

He was cornered behind a building at 2nd Avenue and Stevens Street, where he assaulted one of the witnesses before officers arrived, police say.

O'Brien was arrested for vehicle prowling, possession of a controlled substance, city assault and an escape warrant from the Washington Department of Corrections.

As of 2:45 p.m., police were still trying to locate the owner of the vehicle to return the stolen item, which looked like a purse but wasn't of significant value.

Police remind citizens not to leave valuables in their car, or anything that may appear to be of value.

“If a criminal has no opportunity, it's hard for them to commit a crime,” Officer Jennifer DeRuwe said in a news release.

O'Brien has a substantial criminal record that qualifies him as a repeat offender, according to news archives.

Tips sought on prowling suspect’s cohort

Post Falls police are trying to identify a passenger who fled a traffic stop with a burglary suspect.

Charles Allen Gutzman ran from his car after police tried to stop him from driving with no headlights in the area of Howell Road and Radiant Star Road Monday at 3:10 a.m.

Police identified Gutzman as the car's owner and contacted him on Tuesday. They arrested him after finding evidence from three recent car prowling.

“Gutzman admitted to detectives that he lied during his initial interview where he claimed that his vehicle broke down and was stolen,” according to a news release. 

Anyone with information on the identity of Gutzman's passenger is asked to call the Post Falls Police Department at (208) 773-3517 or leave an anonymous tip at (208) 777-COPS.

Tips can also be submitted online.

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