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Thefts at trailheads on the rise

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office has issued its annual warning about people leaving valuables in their cars when parking at Centennial Trail trailheads. More people are out and about in the warmer weather, trail users and criminals alike. A Sheriff's Office press release says that numerous thefts have been reported at trailheads and most involve people who have left valuables in plain sight in their cars - IPads, GPS units, purses, brief cases and more.

Either leave those items at home or conceal them in the trunk. If you do conceal items, do it before you arrive so no one watching the trailhead can see what you hide.

Benches stolen from Saltese Cemetery

The caretakers of Saltese Cemetery are looking for missing benches that are similar to these sculpted by Concrete Works, a Spokane Valley company. Photo courtesy of Concrete Works.

Apparently two benches featuring decorative rabbits have turned up missing from the Saltese Cemetery. The benches had been inside a gazebo. The benches had been purchased about 10 years ago as a nod to the wild rabbits that regularly hop throughout the cemetery. Anyone who has information on where the benches are located is asked to call Mary and Bill Cabbage at (509) 926-0895. There is a reward for their return. Click here for more details.

Missing: one inchworm

Photo courtesy of the City of Spokane Valley.

The Discovery Playground in Spokane Valley appears to be as popular with vandals as it is with children. Parks and Recreation staff noticed yesterday that one of two larger-than-life inchworms in the Secret Garden area of the playground had been stolen (the yellow one) and the other damaged. The city is sounding the alarm and is asking that anyone with information on the whereabouts of the inchworm call Crime Check at 456-2233.

Last year a giant rainbow trout was wrenched out of the concrete, but not stolen. It hasn't yet been put back as staff search for a permanent way to install it so it can't be removed again. Also last year three giant fiberglass Eagle eggs were torn out of the ground and stolen. Residents reported seeing them alongside the road and they were recovered, but they haven't been reinstalled yet either. And only a few weeks ago a park ambassador reporting seeing a 20-something male trying to break a piece off the bronze mountain man sculpture just outside the playground.

If you are ever driving by and see something suspicious or see someone in the park after dark, you're encouraged to call police.

Bits and pieces

I'm still trying to get caught up from yesterday and wanted to post some links to news items in yesterday's paper in case you missed them. Police say a theft ring has been targeting vacant homes for sale in Spokane Valley and stealing kitchen appliances. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for anyone who provides information that results in arrests. Call (800) 222-TIPS or click here. Reporter Meghann Cuniff has more details on her Sirens & Gavels blog.

Meghann also had a story on Terence M. Washington, who police say is suspected of drugging a woman and impersonating a police officer. Police are searching for more women who may have been drugged by Washington. Anyone who had contact with him should call Det. Kirk Keyser at (509) 477-3786. There's also a mug shot of Washington here.

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