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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.

  

Northside constructon trailers looted

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

Someone broke into a pair of construction trailers overnight Wednesday and made off with about $2,200 worth of tools and equipment.

A foreman for Graham Construction told Spokane County sheriff's Deputy Terry Liljenberg that the trailers were parked below new bridges being constructed at Wandermere for the North-South freeway. The break-ins were discovered about 6:30 a.m. Thursday.

Thieves stole an Echo chainsaw, a Husquavarna demolition saw, a DeWalt roto-hammer, two 100-foot 220 amp power cords and a Honda 220 amp generator.

The thieves unsuccessfully attempted to break into a third trailer, he said. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Whiskey bottle could hold clues in theft

A whiskey bottle could hold clues in a burglary at the Chapman Lake Resort near Cheney.

Someone cut a padlock from a gate overnight Wednesday and stole about $3,000 worth of tools and tool cabinets from an equipment trailer, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office said today.

The victim said the thief or thieves apparently used a shovel and ax to pry open the side door of the trailer before stealing  two Craftsman-brand tool boxes, one a red four or five-drawer unit and the other a smaller yellow unit.

But the thief left a bottle of whiskey in the front office area, and Deputy Todd Saunders seized it for fingerprint examination.

Several of the items had been moved closer to the door, indicating someone may have planned to make a return trip. Only one family currently lives at the resort.

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

Reward offered for tips on Avista theft

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that solve a burglary in which two Spokane-area companies lost more than $5000 in copper wire and power tools.

The crime is believed to have occurred between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. Wednesday at an Avista Utilities storage site at 2400 N. Dollar Road in Spokane Valley.

Employees believe the thief or thieves cut a padlock from a gate and backed a vehicle into the lot, then removed more than $3,000 in items from five Avista work trucks using a wheelbarrow.

Bouten Construction, which also stored items at the site, lost several power tools valued at about $2,000, including two Skil circular saws, two roto hammers and two cordless battery charges.

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

$5k in tools, copper wire stolen at Avista

Someone stole more than $5,000 worth of tools and copper wire from an Avista Utilities storage site in Spokane Valley early Wednesday.

Employees at 2400 N. Dollar Road believe the thief or thieves cut a padlock from a gate and backed a vehicle into the lot, then removed more than $3,000 in items from five Avista work trucks using a wheelbarrow.

Bouten Construction, which also stored items at the site, lost several power tools valued at about $2,000, including two Skil circular saws,  two roto hammers and two cordless battery charges.

Based on the amount of snow accumulated in footprints, police believe the break-in likely occurred sometime between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.

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

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