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Suspect ID’d in Wishing Star burglary

A burglary suspect arrested after officers tracked his shoe prints in fresh snow is believed to be responsible for a series of break-ins, including one at the Wishing Star Foundation, Spokane police announced today.

 Jermaine M. Garland, 29, is in jail on $25,000 bond after his arrest late Tuesday.

Police responding to an alarm at Salon Centric, 124 E. Short Ave., tracked shoe prints to the area of East 2nd Avenue and South Sherman Street, where they found Garland and located property stolen from the salon in his backpack, as well as marijuana. Officers believe he also burglarized Peters and Sons Flowers, 512 E. Pacific Ave., police said today.

Detective David Staben developed information connection Garland to six commercial burglaries, including a Dec. 7 break-in at Wishing Star, 139 S. Sherman St., in which Christmas presents for sick children were stolen. The presents had been donated by the Washington State Patrol.

The organization has been overwhelmed with donations since then.

Garland was described in court Wednesday has having an “appreciable” criminal history. Police say he's a repeat offender; his criminal history includes several theft convictions. He was sentenced to two years in prison in 2007 after pleading guilty to first-degree attempted trafficking in stolen property.

Snowy shoe prints lead to theft suspect

Shoe prints left in freshly fallen snow led Spokane police to a suspect in a burglary at a salon Tuesday night.

Jermaine M. Garland, 29, was booked into jail for second-degree burglary after police responding to an alarm at Salon Centric, 124 E. Short Ave., just before 11 p.m.

Officers Buchmann and Wilkinson followed footprints to the area of East 2nd Avenue and South Sherman Street, where they found Garland and located property stolen from the salon in his backpack, as well as marijuana.

The area has been hit a rash of commercial burglaries recently, including a burglary at the Wishing Star Foundation.

Garland is to appear in court today. He was sentenced in November to 13 days in jail after pleading guilty to third-degree retail theft with extenuating circumstances. He also pleaded guilty in July to two counts of misdemeanor theft.

Snowy footprints lead to brothers’ arrests

Two brothers were arrested on suspicion of vehicle prowling today in north Spokane after police matched their shoes to snow footprints left near an abandoned stolen vehicle.

 Jesse J. Luna, 26,(left) and Gregory R. Luna, 21, (right) are believed to have eluded police in a stolen blue 1995 Subaru Legacy station wagon after officer spotted the car driving recklessly near West Francis Avenue and North Whitehouse Street at 4:27 a.m., according to the Spokane Police Department.

The Subaru, stolen from the South Hill, got away at high speeds and was found abandoned near East Houston Avenue and North Regal Street.

The brothers were contacted as suspicious people about 10 minutes later near East Francis and North Lacey Street. Officers matched their shoes to footprints in the snow leading away from the stolen Subaru.

A police news release praised the “thorough investigation and team work” that led to “the arrest of these two sibling criminals.”

Jesse Luna has multiple felony convictions, including several for assault and riot. Gregory Luna also has felony convictions for second-degree attempted assault and harassment. Both are due in Spokane County Superior Court this afternoon on new charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Gregory Luna, the alleged driver of the stolen Subaru, also faces a charge of eluding police.

Witnesses sought in snowplow crash

Detectives are looking for witnesses to a fiery fatal crash between a pickup truck and a snowplow on U.S. Highway 195 last week.

William H. Adsit, 49, of Spangle, was killed when his southbound 1994 Ford Ranger pickup collided with a snowplow truck that was stopped on the shoulder of the outside lane at 8:49 p.m. on Dec. 7.

Reports at the time said the compact truck was speeding south on U.S. 195 when it crashed into the snowplow between Hatch and Mullen Hill roads and exploded into flames.

The Washington State Patrol major accident investigation team is looking for witnesses who saw the collision “or any event leading up to or following the crash,” according to a news release issued Monday.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Sergeant Jerry Cooper at (360) 805-1192 or Detective Curt Ladines at (360) 805-1160.

Snow berm helps stop fleeing fugitive

A snow berm helped stop a Montana fugitive fleeing police in Spokane Valley Tuesday night, officials said today. 

Shannon David McCoy, 35, refused to stop his Ford Escort when police spotted him outside the Linger Longer Apartments in the 1800 block of North Hutchinson about 10:30 p.m. He sped through stop signs before driving around police car at Vista and Baldwin and hitting a snow berm, police said.

The impact launched McCoy’s Escort into the air. Police said McCoy jumped from the car after it stopped and climbed a 6-foot fence, then scaled a concrete barrier onto Interstate 90.

Police on the freeway arrested him within seconds, according to a news release. Officers had been watching the Linger Longer since learning about 8:30 p.m. that McCoy had left Hayden, Idaho, for the apartments.

McCoy was wanted on a felony warrant in Montana after he failed to show up for an appointment with his probation officer on Nov. 17, according to the Montana Department of Corrections. McCoy is on probation in the Big Sky state after being convicted of deceptive practices in April 2009.

Snowy footprints lead to fleeing suspect

A teenager already targeted by Crime Stoppers was arrested Wednesday night after a Spokane County sheriff's deputy followed his footprints through snowy north Spokane County woods. 

Anthony Deshon Fuerte, 18, was reported to have broken an acquaintance's car window and threatened to kill him while wielding a wooden club when Deputy Robert Brooke stopped him in an SUV at Highway 2 and Eloika Lake Road.

Fuerte jumped out of the SUV and ran into the woods as Brooke yelled at him that he was under arrest “and knew that he would head for his grandmother's address in Riverside,” according to a news release by Sgt. Dave Reagan, Spokane County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

Brooke and Deputy Gavin Pratt followed Fuerte's footprints through deep snow and arrested him just south of Elk-to-Highway Road.

Fuerte, nicknamed “Frosty the Felon” in the news release, was wanted on theft and malicious mischief charges from Juvenile Court when Crime Stoppers issued a reward for his capture on Tuesday “after North Spokane County patrol deputies complained about his ongoing criminal activities in their areas of responsibility,” Reagan wrote.

Fuerte is due in Superior Court today on new charges of harassment - threats to kill, third-degree malicious mischief and resisting arrest.

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