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Crime Stoppers seeks drug rehab quitter

A man arrested for breaking into a car in downtown Spokane last summer is wanted by Crime Stoppers for dropping out of drug addiction treatment.

Glen Wayne O'Brien, 35, was jailed earlier this year for failing to comply with a sentence for a felony drug case that requires him to complete intensive treatment.

In a letter to a judge in March, O'Brien asked for a second chance.

“I am struggling with my addiction and it is very hard, but I truly want to get clean so I can move on to a better life,” O'Brien wrote.

O'Brien got that chance, but he left rehab July 2 and hasn't been seen since, according to court documents.

O'Brien was in drug rehab after pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance last ear. He was arrested in June 2011 after several people saw him breaking into a car in downtown Spokane.

O'Brien is considered by police to be a repeat offender. His 12-year criminal history includes convictions for forgery, stolen property, drugs, theft and vehicle theft.

Anyone with information is asked on his current location 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.

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.

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