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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.

Guild donates to theft-stricken charity

The Spokane Police Guild will donate $500 to the Wishing Star Foundation after burglaries left sick children without Christmas presents.

The donation is one of many the nonprofit organization has accepted since news of $1,000 in items stolen in two burglaries was reported last week at its office at 139 S. Sherman St. Stolen gifts included those meant for a four-year-old cancer patient whose home was burglarized in the Tri-Cities.

Certified Security Systems of Spokane Valley is donating a security system, and cash donations have enabled the organization to replace all lost items and then some, said Paula Nordgaarden, Wishing Star's executive director.

“Our community is so wonderful,” Nordgaarden said. “This outpouring, it was overwhelming.”

Nordgaarden said all families on the organization's waiting list will be taken care of this Christmas, and she expects to have about $15,000 leftover for next year.

“We want to thank everybody. Just a huge thank you from Wishing Star,” Nordgaarden said.

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