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Suspect’s dad has choice words in court

The father of a man suspected of robbing elderly women gave him a message of tough love Monday in court.

“When you start a new life, I will invite you back as my son,” Terry Stefan told Jared A. Stefan, 27. “The stuff you pulled…is not acceptable to me. I need you to be a clean person. Totally drug free. I love you, Jared.”

Stefan said his son doesn't need a 90-day drug treatment program, he needs a year-long program and needs to start his life over somewhere else.

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno said she took not only the seriousness of the charges but Terry Stefan's words to heart when she decided to set Jared Stefan's bond even higher than that requested by prosecutors.

He remains jailed on $125,000 for two robbery charges, and $10,000 bond for an unrelated burglary and stolen property case from last year.

“He's basically out of control and seems to have some real drug issues,” Moreno said. “I'm more concerned about the safety of the community right now.”

A second suspect, James L. Francis, 25, also is in jail.

Spokane police arrested the men Friday after a woman was robbed of her purse outside Bed, Bath and Beyond at 5628 N. Division St. by a man driven from the scene by another man.

Witnesses remembered the license plate of the car, which is registered to Terry Stefan. Police went to the Stefan home and arrested Jared after his father called him.

Francis was arrested after his mother called 911 and said he was trying to get her to pick him up at the McDonald's at Division Street and Longfellow Avenue.

Police believe Francis also robbed a woman of her purse outside DSW Shoes at 4727 N. Division St., on March 11 and was driven from the scene by Stefan. The woman was injured after being thrown to the ground and dragged, police say.

“Jared admitted to him and Francis specifically singling out elderly females because they cannot put up a fight,” documents say.
  

Convicted robber ducks jail - briefly

A 19-year-old man who didn't report to jail after a jury convicted him of robbing elderly women was arrested Thursday.

Jonathan R. Crisler was convicted of felony robbery charges this week after a jury trial in Superior Court.
Judge Tari Eitzen gave him 24 hours to post a new $25,000 bond or turn himself in, but he didn't do so.

Spokane police booked him into jail Thursday night, where he'll await sentencing currently scheduled for Nov. 29.

Crisler was first arrested in March for a string of purse robberies between March 17 and March 19. In each case, an elderly woman was followed home from the grocery store and attacked.

Co-defendant Isaac J. Murphy is scheduled for trial on Nov. 28. Andrey A. Murray's trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 12.
  

Police: Biker purse theft suspect ID’d

Police have identified a suspect in a purse-snatching robbery outside a South Hill grocery store.

After releasing surveillance video Tuesday of the Oct. 20 crime, police realized that a suspect was already in custody for a similar purse theft that occurred Oct. 21 at Albertsons on 37th and Grand Boulevard.

Jared S. Crabtree, 25, was arrested for second-degree theft after the victim reported to 911 that he'd driven through the parking lot on his motorcycle and taken her purse.

Charges have not been filed, but detectives believe Crabtree also stole the woman's purse outside Huckleberries market on North Monroe Street last week, said Officer Jennifer DeRuwe.

Fingerprints lead to arrests in May theft

Fingerprints led police to identify two suspects in a May 9 purse snatching in Spokane Valley.

Mickey H. Marquette, alias Santos, 26, was arrested last weekend after being identified through a fingerprint database as matching the prints lifted from a 1991 Honda Accord, which police believe he was driving when Tianna Rose Hurd, 28, leaned out and grabbed a woman's purse in the parking lot at Fred Meyer, 15609 E. Sprague Ave., according to court documents.

Marquette accelerated, and the victim was dragged for 15 to 20 feet before she was able to free herself from the purse’s shoulder strap, detectives say.

Police found the Accord abandoned in the area of North Pines Road and Mirabeau Parkway and recovered fingerprints from the inside rear passenger window that belonged to Marquette.

A forensic specialist also found partial palm prints that matched Hurd's prints, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

Hurd, who was arrested on meth charges just 10 days after the incident, has been in jail since June 16 on charges of first-degree robbery, second-degree taking a motor vehicle without permission and second-degree possession of stolen property. Marquette is in jail on the same charges.

Kid’s cellphone photo helps nab suspects

A 5-year-old child who grabbed his mother's cellphone from her purse during a shopping trip inadvertently helped arrest two repeat theft suspects in Spokane.

The child accidentally took pictures of the suspects' vehicle as they fled with the woman's purse just after 5 p.m. Tuesday outside the Walmart on North Colton Street, according to the Spokane Police Department.

The pictures included the car's license plate number, which police say matched the car driven by purse-snatching suspects Andrew V. Auerbach, 24, and Samantha D. Thomas, 21.

The couple already is accused of purse snatchings in April and May but was allowed to stay out of jail pending trial. Police arrested them again today and booked them into Spokane County Jail on new felony theft charges.

Police are looking for the victim of an attempted purse snatching outside Winco on North Nevada Street that occurred about 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The victim is urged to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Quick thinkers earn police chief’s praises

For Dillon Fabie, there was no decision to be made. Just an adrenaline rush and a quick sprint across a parking lot and there he was, restraining a suspected purse thief as police arrived.

 “Instincts took over,” Fabie, 21, said Monday as he recalled taking the man to the ground in the north Spokane Walmart supercenter parking lot last November. “The next thing I know I’m all the way back here holding the guy.”

Fabie was among Spokane residents honored by police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick before the Spokane City Council on Monday. The Whitworth University student received the Chief’s Citizen Award, along with Karl Erbacher, who also is credited with stopping a purse-snatching suspect last fall.

Read the rest of my story here.

Pawn shop video helps nab theft suspects

Surveillance video from a local pawn shop helped identify a young couple who police believe stolen purses from at least four women in grocery store parking lots.

Samantha D. Thomas, 21, and Andrew V. Auerbach, 24, were arrested Saturday but are out of jail on their own recognizance.

Police say Thomas implicated herself in four robberies in April and May during an interview with police at the Public Safety Building on Saturday. She and Auerbach, who applied for a marriage license last year, were seen on camera pawning a victim's camera after police developed information that they were suspects.

They are believed to have stolen purses April and May 7 at Safeway, 2509 E. 29th Ave., and again May 7 at Fred Meyer, 525 E. Francis Ave.

Thomas confessed to another purse snatching outside Winco on North Nevada Street during her interview with police. The victim came forward after media reports, and police plan to recommend an additional theft charge.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate a purse theft outside Fred Meyer in Spokane Valley May 9.
  

Robbery suspects were wannabe roomies

Three teenagers accused of robbing women in north Spokane parking lots say they planned to use the money to get an apartment together, according to court documents.

Now Donovan T. Johnson, 18; Keona A. Crossley, 19; and Logan R. Sims, 18, are sharing space at Spokane County's crossbar motel.

The suspects were arrested Saturday after a standoff at Crossley's home at 1903 E. Decatur. Police found suspect Logan R. Sims, 18, in a nearby yard.

Johnson told detectives that two days befor the hesits, he and the other suspects discussed getting an apartment.

“Keona Crossley said they needed to do some licks to get money,” according to a probable cause affidavit. “Crossley talked about finding women and taking their purses from them. Sims said he could get a gun to help them do the robberies.”

Johnson said Crossley got a shutgun from a friend, but Sims used a black handgun to commit the first robbery at the North Colton Street Wal-Mart. The victim said Sims punched her in the face after she told him she didn't have any money, according to the affidavit.

Johnson said he didn't see Sims point the gun at the second victim outside Northtown Mall, but that he did have the gun on him during the robbery, police said.

A witness then reported occupants of a tan vehicle were dropping credit cards and receipts into the roadway near North Napa Street and East Central Avenue.

The cards belonged to the Northtown robbery victim, police said.

Police arrived at Crossley's home after locating a Cadillac matching the description of the car used in the robberies

All remain in jail on $75,000 bond after Judge Michael Price deemed them significant risks to the community.

Sims and Johnson are scheduled to graduate from high school next week.

CdA man accused of attacking store clerk

A 29-year-old Coeur d'Alene man has been arrested for a robbery that occurred outside 7-Eleven in Hayden last week.

Timothy Wesley Allen is accused of assaulting a clerk and stealing her purse as she left work just after 10 p.m. on May 11.

Allen was arrested Saturday about 4:30 p.m. at his home on Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department. He remains in jail on charges of robbery, grand theft, and aggravated battery.

Allen's arrest history in Kootenai County includes charges of inattentive driving, burglary, shoplifting, a probation violation and two warrants in Benewah County.

7-Eleven employee robbed in Hayden

A robber attacked a 7-Eleven employee in Hayden Wednesday night, the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department said today.

The woman was walking to her car after her shift about 10 p.m. when a man grabbed her purse and ran eastbound along Hayden Avenue.

A sheriff's K-9 tracked the man's scent to where investigators believe he may have gotten into a car.

The victim was treated for minor injuries at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d'Alene.
  

3 men accused of robbing elderly women

A 19-year-old man accused of robbing an 88-year-old woman is suspected of targeting four other elderly women.

Jonathan R. Crisler was charged Wednesday with Isaac J. Murphy, 19, for a string of purse snatchings between March 17 and March 19.

In each case, an elderly woman was followed home from the grocery store and attacked.

Crisler was arrested March 19 with Andrey A. Murray, 20, after a motorist witnessed Crisler running with the 88-year-old victim's purse near 3604 N. Washington St. before getting into a Green Pontiac driven by Murray.

Police believe the men used the stolen cash to buy OxyContin.

Crisler is charged with four counts of second-degree robbery and one count of attempted second-degree robbery.

Murphy is charged with two counts of second-degree robbery and one count of attempted second-degree robbery, and Murray is charged with second-degree robbery.

2 teens arrested in Northside purse theft

Two 19-year-old men are accused of attacking a woman outside her north Spokane home and stealing her purse.

Jonathan R. Crisler and Andrey A. Murray each face a charge of second-degree robbery after a woman said Crisler stole her purse after she exited her car at 3604 N. Washington St.

A motorist witnessed Crisler running with a purse eastbound on Gordon from the alley behind the woman's home before getting into a Green Pontiac driven by Murray. The driver memorized the license plate number and provided it to Spokane police.

Officers contacted the suspects a short while later and recovered $80 from Crisler's coat pocket that the victim had reported stolen.

Crisler and Murray were booked into the Spokane County Jail.

Bar owner attacked in Spokane Valley

A Spokane Valley tavern owner was robbed of her purse and suffered a bloody nose as she arrived at the business Sunday morning, police said today.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest the person who attacked the 61-year-old woman about 10:20 a.m. at Poppy's Tavern, 415 S. Dishman-Mica Road.

A man put her in a choke hold as she was facing the business' door, then punched her twice in the face, knocking her to the pavement, according to a news release. The man stole her purse and shopping bags and ran east toward a nearby mobile home park, where police officers later found the stolen items in a heap outside a trailer.

Officers also found the robber's red and gray jacket, black baseball hat and black gloves. They believe he ditched the items after seeing police converge on the area.

The victim received minor head injuries but did not require hospital treatment.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

Video shows Group Health purse theft

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Spokane police are looking for tips that help identify two people who stole a purse from the lobby of a health care building.

Surveillance video shows a man and woman entering the lobby of Group Heath Cooperative, 322 W. North River Drive, about 11:50 a.m. on Dec. 2.

Police believe the two stole a purse from the waiting room floor. The purse was recovered in the parking lot, but items were missing. Police are looking for help identify the two featured int eh video.

The woman has dark hair is wearing a white, long-sleeved shirt with black pants and white shoes. The man is wearing tan shorts, white socks, a black, unzipped hooded jacket, a black shirt with a white shirt underneath and a black beanie hat with a white stripe.

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

Tips sought on purse theft at Spokane spa

Spokane County sheriff’s detectives are asking for help identification a woman who stole a spa employee’s purse last month.

The victim was working at Planet Beach Contempo Spa at 12908 N. Highway 395 Aug. 29th when a woman snatched her purse from behind the counter.

Stolen checks were later forged at the Wandermere Fred Meyer gas station. Surveillance cameras captured images of a young woman wearing sandals, a turquoise tank top and jean shorts.

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

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