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Tips sought on pawn shop theft

Spokane Valley police investigating a large theft and burglary ring are trying to identify a man who pawned stolen property in the city of Spokane. 

The man pictured on surveillance video at Pawn One is believed to have concealed a laptop computer under his shirt and given it to an associate who pawned it at Double Eagle Pawn across the street. 

Two of three associates have not been located. One associate was interviewed in jail but provided only a first name, which Sgt. Dave Reagan described as “questionable.” 

“We would appreciate the public's help in identifying this man,” Reagan said in a news release. “This investigation is part of a larger Spokane Valley Police investigation into a ring of suspects involved in vehicle prowling, identity theft, burglaries and trafficking in stolen property.”

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

Suspected ring thief arrested in Valley

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

Officers arrested a 29-year-old Spokane Valley man Saturday after determining that he had stolen a pair of expensive rings from an elderly neighbor.

The victim told Officer Cindy North-Jones that Landon A. Carothers had done yard work and other odd jobs for her in the past.  At about noon Saturday, she let him into her apartment to discuss other work he might do for her.

During the visit, Carothers asked to use the victim’s bathroom.  After he left, she discovered a pair of rings that had been on the bathroom shelf missing.  One ring was valued at $2,000 and the other at $500.

North-Jones was joined by Officer Ryan Smith and they attempted to contact Carothers at his apartment.  No one answered the door, but the suspect and his girlfriend were found on bicycles at Appleway and Sprague.  Neither claimed any knowledge of the theft.

North-Jones went to Pawn One and learned that the girlfriend had attempted to pawn one of the rings, but was offered only $20 and decided to keep it.  Confronted with this information, the suspects pointed out in a nearby field where they had stashed the stolen jewelry.

North-Jones arrested Carothers and drove him to the Spokane County Jail to be booked on a felony count of Second-Degree Theft.  The girlfriend may face criminal charges for her participation at a later date.

Cops find stolen bike in time for Ironman

Coeur d'Alene police recovered a stolen high-end bike in time for its owner to ride it in the Ironman triathlon on Sunday.

The $3,500 bike was stolen with a $1,000 bicycle near City Beach on Wednesday. About four hours later, a snow blower was reported stolen from the Best Western Inn.

An employee reported a red Chevrolet Corsica without a license plate drive past him earlier that morning with a snow blower on the back. He later realized it belonged to the motel and called police. The Corsica matched the description of the bike thieves' getaway vehicle.

 Police located the snow blower in a pawn shop data base the next day and contacted the seller, Justin C. Luce, 31, (above left) who told officers they could find the stolen Ironman bike at a Pawn One in Spokane.

The bike was returned to its owner in time for the race. Police also located the second bike and notified the owner.

Luce was already wanted on a Spokane County warrant for theft of a motor vehicle. Coeur d'Alene police believe he's responsible for several thefts in Coeur d'Alene and say they're still identifying stolen property.

A second suspect in the bike thefts, Lukas R. Porto, 18, (right) of Coeur d'Alene was arrested Monday and charged with possession of stolen property.

Jewelry store owner tracks theft suspect

A jewelry store owner tracked down a theft suspect and Idaho fugitive Monday by warning nearby pawn and jewelry shops to be on the lookout for someone selling a gold wedding band.

Donald Jack Seed, 23, of Liberty Lake, was arrested on a misdemeanor third-degree theft charge after trying to sell the stolen ring at Pawn One, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.

Seed is accused of stealing the ring from Artistry in Gold, 13817 E Sprague Ave., after looking at a pair of rings but only returning one, police said. Seed ignored an employee's command to stop and drove away in a gray Saturn, police say.

The owner described the Saturn to nearby businesses when calling to warn them that a thief may soon be trying to sell a gold ring.

Shortly after the warning, Seed allegedly tried to sell the ring at the pawn shop. Employees called police, and Officer Ken Dodge arrested Seed without incident.

Seed also was booked into jail on a felony fugitive charge related to a probation violation for a drug conviction in Idaho.

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