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Metal thefts reported in Spokane Valley

Here's a dispatch from Sgt. Dave Reagan:

Copper tubing valued at $700 was stolen this week from a railroad engine parked in the 11000 block of East Sprague, the owner reported to Crime Check.

The victim said he is modifying the engine to be a railroad education center and that the tubing supplied water to restrooms located inside the railroad engine.  He said he knew of no potential suspects.

Anyone with information should call Crime Check at 456-2233.

And on a Related Note…

A representative of AT&T Mobile reported the theft of copper ground cable from a cellular tower site in the 2600 block of North Robie Thursday.

The thief cut a hole through security fencing and stole the roll containing 200 feet of cable which was valued at $2,000 to $3,000.

Anyone with information….

Police recover $10k+ in stolen tools

More than $10,000 in stolen tools was recovered from a Spokane Valley storage unit today.

Detective Mark Renz believes the tools were stolen by Todd E. Hickman, 45, of Spokane, who was arrested Aug. 28 after police found him inside a vacant home looking for copper wire to steal, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.

Hickman was released after charges weren't filed within 72 hours, but a felony burglary charge was filed in connection with the case Thursday.

Detectives also have probable cause to arrest Hickman for second-degree burglary after a search today at the Spokane Mini-Warehouse in the 4500 block of East Trent Avenue revealed $10,000 to $15,000 worth of tools, including rolling tool cabinets, stolen from Acme Machine Works, 60121 E. Sharp Ave., on Aug. 1, police said.

  

Suspected metal thief arrested w/ meth

A 47-year-old man was arrested with methamphetamine early today after a citizen told police he'd tried to take metal from business in Spokane Valley.

John F. Couch was spotted picking up metal from a property in the 500 block of North Ella Road, where several businesses are located. A witness told deputies that thief was scouring metal left outside the businesses just after midnight today and had ridden away on a bike while dragging something metal.

Spokane County sheriff's Deputy Michael Wall said Couch refused commands to show his hands, so Officer Juan Rodriguez arrived and the two got Couch to lie on his stomach. Rodriguez noticed him place something under his bike tire and determined it was a small baggie of methamphetamine.

Couch has a 26-year criminal history. He was booked into Spokane County Jail on count of possession of methamphetamine.

Sgt. Dave Reagen headlined a news release about the incident, “Thief Makes a Meth of Things.”

Scrapper arrested for Valley burglary

Here's a news release from Sgt. Dave Reagan:

Officers arrested a 45-year-old Spokane man Sunday after they caught him inside a vacant house apparently looking for copper wire to steal. 

At 1:30 p.m., a man called to report a suspicious vehicle parked behind his mother’s vacant East Broadway home.  Officers Brian Hert and Chan Erdman approached the home and noted “No Trespassing” signs on both the front and back doors.

The two ordered the person they heard inside the home to exit and Todd E. Hickman walked out.  He acknowledged not knowing the owner of the home.

Hert’s investigation revealed that Hickman was on his way to the East Broadway Wal-Mart when he noticed two vacant homes across the street and decided to enter. 

Hert checked Hickman’s truck and found a large amount of copper wire in the back.  He also saw pieces of copper plumbing and a crowbar, hacksaw and other hand tools.

The officer determined that much of the wire had come from a vacant house just east of where they found Hickman.  Although they were unable to contact the owner of that home, they did establish that the suspect had cut and removed the power cord from the home’s electrical dryer.

Hert drove Hickman to the Spokane County Jail and booked him on a single count of Residential Burglary.

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