Thieves pedaled off with several bicycles that had been left outside Spokane Valley stores during the month of July, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Department said.
Nineteen bikes were reported stolen from outside the University City Shopping Center, according to Sheriff’s Department statistics. Another seven bicycles were reported stolen from outside the Fred Meyer and K-Mart stores at Sprague and Sullivan.
Deputies have been unable to find a trend in the type of bike being sought, but believe youths may be behind the thefts.
Sheriff’s Department spokesman Lt. David Wiyrick said many youths think bike theft is a minor offense.
Not so, Wiyrick said.
Theft of property valued at over $250 is a felony. And the odds of a bike being valued at more than $250 are pretty good.
Chris Andreasen, who works at Bikeworks, 14705 E. Sprague, said it is not unusual for an average rider to spend between $300 and $500 for a bike.
Wiyrick said some of the bikes were left unlocked, but others were locked. However, the cable and chain locks have done little to deter the thieves.
“Just a giant pair of bolt cutters and you can snap them really quick,” Andreasen said.
“I recommend never leaving a bike alone,” he said. “That’s probably the safest.”
Walkers find cat hanged
People walking in the south Valley discovered a cat hanged in a tree Thursday morning.
The gold and white Persian was hanging in plain view near 27th and Pierce. A white cord was attached to a tree branch at one end and the cat’s neck at the other, said Marianne Sinclair, animal control director for the county.
“It definitely was hung and not that high up,” Sinclair said.
The owner of the cat has not been located.
People who routinely walk through the area have helped animal control officers determined the cat was hanged sometime after 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Officers have few leads in the case, but say the cat may have been hanged by youths. Sinclair asked that anyone with information contact animal control at 458-2532.
Loud party nets drug arrest
Two men were arrested early Tuesday - one on a drug charge and the other for an alcohol charge - during a party.
After being called to a house on the 1000 block of South Liberty Lake Road on a complaint of a loud party, deputies said they found James Foote, 19, with drug paraphernalia and methamphetamines.
Foote, who gave his address as 1022 S. Liberty Lake Road, was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and booked into the Spokane County Jail.
Clint Hall, 18, of 816 Neyland, was also arrested and charged with minor in possession of alcohol.
Teen threatened with knife
A teenager was arrested on Monday after he theatened another boy with a knife during a party on the 1000 block of South Wright.
Witnesses told deputies a 14-year-old boy held the knife to the throat of a 15-year-old boy and threatened to kill him.
Other teenagers at the party talked the boy into putting the knife down while deputies were called. The teenagers were able to keep the knife away from the boy until deputies arrived.
The 14-year-old boy was charged with second-degree assault and taken to Spokane County Juvenile Detention.
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