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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.

Unpaid bar tab leads to ID theft arrest

An unpaid bar tab led to a woman's arrest on identity theft charges in Spokane Valley late Saturday.

A man and woman left the Corner Club Bar, 2208 N. Park Road, with a $117 bar tab after their debit card was declined but said they were going to their nearby motel room to get cash.

When they didn't return, a bar employee gave the declined debit card to Spokane Valley police Officer Justin Elliot, who determined it was stolen.

Employees at the nearby Red Top Motel said the woman named on the stolen card had rented a room there, so Elliot and  Officers Dale Wells and David Lawhorn  went to the room “and contacted an intoxicated Kathryn Elizabeth Reed,” police said.

Reed, 24, first claimed to be the woman named on the card. She invited police to retrieve her medical marijuana card from her purse when police spotted pot on the nightstand.

Police didn't find the card, but they did find identification belonging to Reed, as well as financial information and mail from five other people, according to a news release. Each person lives in the area of 11800 East Maxwell Avenue, where the declined debit card was reported stolen in a car prowling Feb. 18.

Reed was booked into jail on a felony count of second-degree identity theft and misdemeanor counts of third-degree theft (for the bar tab) and possession of marijuana. 

Watchful woman helps bust theft suspect

A suspected car prowler was arrested early today after a woman spotted him stash stolen property before he pilfered a neighbor's garage.

Loren Camron Kintner, 31, was arrested near Trent Avenue and Ella Street following the report of suspicious activity in the 8100 block of East Carlislie, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.
 
The caller said she watched Kintner stash a red box behind a vacant house, then remove a white box from a neighbor's open garage. As police were speaking with Kintner, a waitress from a nearby restraint told officers a distinctive sweatshirt had been stolen from her car.
 
Police found Kintner with the sweatshirt, along with a stolen cordless drill and a calculator stolen from a car in the 8700 block of East Courtland. He also had 38 vehicle keys, police say. The red box allegedly stashed by Kintner contained a $4,000 fan stolen from a truck in the 8300 block of East Jackson, and the white box contained an ornamental Christmas doll.
 
Kintner, a transient, was booked into jail on charges of second-degree burglary, second-degree theft, possession of motor vehicle theft tools and three counts each of second-degree vehicle prowling and third-degree theft.
 
The stolen property was returned to the victims after it was photographed for evidence.

Snowy footprints lead to brothers’ arrests

Two brothers were arrested on suspicion of vehicle prowling today in north Spokane after police matched their shoes to snow footprints left near an abandoned stolen vehicle.

 Jesse J. Luna, 26,(left) and Gregory R. Luna, 21, (right) are believed to have eluded police in a stolen blue 1995 Subaru Legacy station wagon after officer spotted the car driving recklessly near West Francis Avenue and North Whitehouse Street at 4:27 a.m., according to the Spokane Police Department.

The Subaru, stolen from the South Hill, got away at high speeds and was found abandoned near East Houston Avenue and North Regal Street.

The brothers were contacted as suspicious people about 10 minutes later near East Francis and North Lacey Street. Officers matched their shoes to footprints in the snow leading away from the stolen Subaru.

A police news release praised the “thorough investigation and team work” that led to “the arrest of these two sibling criminals.”

Jesse Luna has multiple felony convictions, including several for assault and riot. Gregory Luna also has felony convictions for second-degree attempted assault and harassment. Both are due in Spokane County Superior Court this afternoon on new charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Gregory Luna, the alleged driver of the stolen Subaru, also faces a charge of eluding police.

Valley crime spree lands man back in jail

A young man sentenced last month for property crimes is back in jail, accused of a car-prowling and window-breaking spree in Spokane Valley. 

The suspect, Chad A. Radden, 20, was spotted skateboarding away from Northwest Tire and Automotive, 324 N. Pines Road, as a business alarm sounded just before 1 a.m. Friday.

One witness said she saw him in the area of Main and Pines the same time she heard broken glass - police found him with a Game Boy stolen from a 2005 Nissan Murano in the 12500 block of East Main, according to court records.

Radden also is accused of smashing seven windows on a GMC bus parked at Raggedy Ann and Andy Child Care, 12504 E. Main. Police also believe he broke windows at Instyle Hair and Skin Car Studio and H & R Block, 321 N. Pines.

Surveillance video at Holiday Gas Station, 411 N. Pines, shows a man fitting Radden’s description trying to break out a window with a baseball bat, police said. Sheriff’s deputies who arrested Radden said he appeared intoxicatied. He remains in Spokane County Jail on $10,000 bond, charged with two counts of second-degree malicious mischief, two counts of third-degree malicious mischief, and single counts of car prowling, third-degree theft and minor in possession of alcohol by consumption.

Records show Radden was given two years probation and credited for 16 days served in jail after pleading guilty to second-degree burglary last month. He’s also on probation for a drunken driving charge in North Idaho and for second-degree vehicle prowling and hit-and-run attended vehicle convictions in Spokane County.

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