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Jewelry stolen in burglary

Jewelry valued at more than $10,000 was reported missing from a home in the 10800 block of East 35th in Spokane Valley Wednesday. According to a police press release, the homeowner came home around 5 p.m. and noticed an open sliding glass door. A jewelry box was found open and several rings, necklaces, diamond studs and other items were missing.

A neighbor reported that he didn't see anything suspicious but said he wasn't home between 12:30 and 3 p.m., police said. Anyone who might have seen anything in the neighborhood is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.

Police searching for Spokane Valley burglary victims

The Spokane Valley Police Department is looking for victims of recent burglaries who may not have reported the crime. Police recently arrested three burglary suspects and have recovered a lot of stolen property. The burglars focused on Spokane Valley south of Sprague Avenue and drove a black 1997 BMW with blue rims, according to police. Anyone who was burglarized between June 21 and August 1 who hasn't reported it is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233. Reporter Meghann Cuniff has more details here.

Assault rifle stolen from murder victim’s apartment

Family members of a man killed in Western Washington two weeks ago found his newly purchased assault rifle missing from his Liberty Lake apartment when they arrived to pack up his belongings. Ryan Crews Mumm, 20, was reportedly attending Spokane Community College. Police are investigating the burglary. Reporter Meghann Cuniff has more details on her blog here.

Four prolific burglars arrested

The Spokane Valley Police Department announced the arrest of four “well known” burglars on Friday and the recovery of a lot of stolen property. Police were focusing on 400 North University Road and the area of 13500 East Rich Road, where residents have been hit hard by burglaries. But apparently many residents hadn't reported the thefts, so police are urging people to promptly report any thefts. Reporter Meghann Cuniff has more details here.

Reward offered for hungry burglars

Homeowners in the 500 block of North Glenn Road returned home from work on Monday to discover that they were missing several valuables. Burglars forced open a rear sliding door and took three firearms and electronics from the house and a 2001 silver Isuzu Trooper that was parked in the garage, according to a police press release. Whoever broke in also helped themselves to some beef sticks from the pantry.

The thieves were thorough enough to steal four security cameras as well as the device being used to record the video footage, the press release said. At least they were apparently considerate enough to shut the garage door behind them after they stole the car.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information that helps solve the case. Anyone with information on the crime can call the tip line at (800) 222-TIPS or visit www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org. Tipsters do not have to give their name.  

“Not my pants” burgler also suspect in game shop crime

It turns out that a burgler allegedly caught in the act of burglarizing a garage yesterday who told police the pants he was wearing weren't his after drugs were found in his pocket is also a suspect in the burglary of a game store that lost nearly $15,000 in merchandise earlier this week. Numerous X-boxes, controllers and games were stolen from the Game On store in the 11800 block of East First. According to a police department press release, Walter W. Young is facing charges of second-degree burglary and first-degree theft for the crime.

Young's alleged accomplice, 25-year-old Coda Archuleta, was arrested Thursday night after the Spokane County SWAT team searved a search warrant on an apartment in the 10100 block of East Main. Police reportedly found weapons in the apartment in addition to most of the items taken from Game On. Archuleta is also facing charges of second-degree burglary and first-degree theft. Click here for more details.

I swear, officer, these aren’t my pants

Spokane Valley Police arrested a man last night allegedly caught red handed burglarizing a garage and when they found suspected methamphetamine in his pants pocket he swore the pants didn't belong to him. According to a police press release, a resident in the 1600 block of Norh Flora Road found a man inside his car parked in his garage just before 7 p.m. Stolen items belonging to the victims were also found on Walter W. Young, 32. He now faces a felony burglary charge and a charge for possession of a controlled substance. Click here for more details.

Stolen tools returned by hooded figure

A tip to Crime Check has led to the arrest of one person in the recent theft of tools from the East Valley School District maintenance office. The tip came after police released video of the thief in action. After the video was release, somone wearing a hooded sweatshirt returned the tools to the front porch of the maintenance office. Reporter Meghann Cuniff has more details here.

In other crime news, police are searching for an “aggresive panhandler” who threatened a Spokane Valley store manager with a knife on Sunday. The woman was reportedly asking people for money at Sprague and Sullivan when she was approached by the manager. She drove away in a white F-150 truck. Meghann has more details on that case here.

Greenacres Elementary burgled, drug arrest on I-90

It was a busy weekend Spokane Valley, apparently. Someone broke in to Greenacres Elementary School Saturday at 2:57 a.m., according to a police press release. Officers responded to an alarm to find a window that had been pried out of the wall on the est side of the building. Reporter Meghann Cuniff has more details here; anyone with information on the break in is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.

Two Sheriff's deputies made a felony drug arrest Saturday near the Argonne exit on I-90 when they saw a driver commit two traffic infractions right in front of them, according to a police press release. They noticed the driver seemed “excessively nervous and jittery” when they pulled her over. Meghann has more details here.

Liberty Lake burglary suspect identified

Scooter D. Carey in a 2007 Cowlitz County Jail booking photo. Photo courtesy of the Liberty Lake Police Department.

The Liberty Lake Police Department now has a name to go with the photo of a man suspected of breaking into a storage unit at Storage Solutions on East Mission on July 15 and stealing a motorcycle. He is Scooter D. Carey, 36, of Longview, Wash., and police believe he is still in the area.  

Police traced the truck the suspect used back to its registered owner, a resident of Kalama, Wash., and contacted the police department there for help. “They are very familiar with the registered owner,” said Liberty Lake Police Chief Brian Asmus. “He's a career criminal over there.”

The police there sent Liberty Lake police a list of the man's known associates, one of whom was Carey. Asmus said he has also heard that a woman identified as Carey's girlfriend was arrested in Coeur d'Alene last week and a truck full of stolen goods was recovered. A motorcycle was among the items recovered, but Asmus said he doesn't know yet if it is the same one stolen from Liberty Lake. Police are now looking for Carey, who is facing charges of commercial burglary and theft of a motor vehicle.

Do you know this man?

The Liberty Lake Police Department thought they had an easy case on July 15 when Storage Solutions on East Mission reported that someone had broken in and stolen a Honda Motorcycle from a storage unit. The video surveillance system captured crystal clear shots of the man involved and his truck. But the blue Dodge pickup had different license plates on the front and back. “Neither of those belong on the truck,” said police chief Brian Asmus.

So now Asmus is circulating photos of the suspected thief in the hopes that someone will recognize him. Asmus said it appears that the man scoped out the business the day before the theft was reported and may have seen the Honda's owner put the motorcycle in the unit. At one point he entered the storage facility using a gate code that was assigned to local contractor who did some door work at the facility last year. Asmus said it was hoped that the man was a current or former employee, but the business owner did not recognize the man.

Anyone who knows the identity of the man pictured above is asked to call the Liberty Lake Police Department at 755-1140.

Thieves rob Redeemer Lutheran Church

Someone stole thousands of dollars in electronic equipment from Redeemer Lutheran Church, 3606 S. Schafer Road, this week. The theft was discovered Wednesday. Since there was no sign of forced entry, Spokane Valley Police believe someone may have hidden inside the church Tuesday night when it was locked up. Click here for more on the story. Anyone with information on the theft is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.

Burglary 101

Lesson number one for the successful burglar: Don't break into a business when two police officers are watching you.

Lesson number two: Don't do anything criminal when there is a nice blanket of fresh snow to perfectly preserve your footprints.

Lesson number three: Don't tell the police you can't get out of the car because your seat belt is broken. That won't work. And then you'll have to buy a new seat belt.

Reporter Meghann Cuniff has a little something on a man who did not know those three things before, but he knows them now.

Arrests made in burglary

Two people have been arrested this week for the burglary of the home of Ernest Creach last week. Three people were seen running from the home by Creach's wife on Dec. 15. Several electronic items and a gun were reported missing. The third person has been identified but not yet arrested. Numerous stolen items were recovered during the arrests, according to a Spokane Valley Police Department press release. Click here to read more details and click here to read my original blog post on the burglary.

Thursday update: The third man has been arrested; more here.

Burglary just reported in Spokane Valley

A burglary in the 14200 block of East Eighth was just reported. The caller said three men ran out the back door. All are decribed as white males. One was wearing brown flannel and the second is decribed as having curly hair and wearing a hoodie and jeans. There is no description for the third man. They were last seen heading east and then south. Police are coming into the area now.

11:54 a.m. update: The burglars got away with a cell phone, wii and other items. The search continues.

11:55 a.m. update: Adams Elementary, located only a couple blocks away, is going into lockdown. Dispatchers are also notifying nearby St. Mary’s Catholic School. An officer reports there are children outside on the playground.

11:58 a.m. update: An officer reports the burglars may be armed with a semi-automatic handgun.

12:22 p.m. update: Officers are being released from perimeter duty as the Sheriff’s Office helicopter is almost on scene to take a look from the air. The search is still continuing, however.  

2:24 p.m. update: The search has apparently come up empty. The scanner is quiet. Spokane County Assessor’s Office records show the home is owned by Ernest Creach, son of the Rev. Wayne Creach. The school lockdowns were lifted some time ago. Click here to read a story by reporter Thomas Clouse.

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