Posts tagged: Randall Smeltzer
The suspected leader of a burglary ring that victimized homes in the Spokane area has been charged by prosecutors.
Randall T. Smeltzer, 33, is to be arraigned May 30 on burglary, theft and meth charges. He's accused of burglarizing a home in the 3500 block of South Fancher in October, but police believe he's responsible for many more break ins. Detectives have been investigating him since last fall and served a search warrant at his home on East Thurston Avenue in November, where they recovered stolen property.
Samuel J. Aldrich, 29, also is accused of burglarizing the home. Jessica M. Staggs, 27, told police she was in the car when the men broke into the home, according to court documents.She pawned stolen jewelry at four stores after the burglary, police say.
Police say Aldrich admitted to kicking in he home's back door and helping Smeltzer carry a TV and jewelry box from the home. Staggs also is charged in a car and fuel theft case from April 11, along with Robert M. Shore and Artem G. Kuznetsov.
Even after police began investigating him, Smeltzer's alleged crime spree continued. He's charged with third-degree retail theft for an incident at the North Colton WalMart on March 28. He also faces stolen property and possession of a stolen motor vehicle charges for a case from November.
Police say Donnelle C Velasquez, 41, also is connected to the thefts. She's charged with Aldrich in a case from January involving an alleged counterfeit check and identity theft ring with 14 defendants.
A Spokane County man caught with stolen vehicles at his South Hill-area home was visited by police again two days later after detectives heard of a stolen jewelry box matching a box spotted during their first search.
Randall T. Smeltzer, 32, is in jail on possession of a stolen motor vehicle, stolen property and methamphetamine charges.
Detectives recovered a stolen Mazda and a stolen Chevy Trailblazer at his home in the 3600 block of East Thurston on Tuesday, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.
Authorities say the Mazda had been stolen in Medical Lake; Smeltzer had removed its side windows and installed them in his own Mazda. The Chevy was stolen Monday night from a Liberty Lake home and already had different licenses plates mounted on it. Items belonging to its owner were found in Smeltzer's bedroom.
Investigators reviewing burglary reports the next day noted a report listing a unique jewelry box taken in a burglary on South Fancher Road. They recognized the box as one they'd seen in Smeltzer's room, and Detective Dean Meyer obtained a second search warrant for the home on Thursday.
“The jewelry box was recovered, as was jewelry, checkbooks and identification belonging to other victims,” Sgt. Dave Reagan said in a news release. “Investigators also found evidence linking Smeltzer to two other stolen vehicles.”