May 23, 1996 in Washington Voices

Police Seek Owners Of Two Car Stereos

By The Spokesman-Review

Lost a stereo lately?

The Spokane Police Department is holding a pair of car stereos confiscated from suspected car prowlers, but it can’t find the owners.

Until it does, the suspects - a 36-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy - probably won’t be prosecuted, police said.

“I just want to hold them responsible for what they have done, and I don’t think I’m going to be able to,” said detective Terry Boardman.

Police suspect Christopher J. LaFountain of Hillyard of breaking into cars May 15 in the 3600 block of North Madison. LaFountain took along a 14-year-old boy he was watching.

Police said they saw him apparently trying to break into a car parked at an apartment and arrested him. The 14-year-old told police about a pair of stereos stashed in the bushes a few blocks away, Boardman said.

The boy told police he watched the man steal them from cars.

Boardman hasn’t been able find the owners of an Alpine and a Power Acoustic stereo. Without a victim, Boardman said her hands are tied.

“Technically speaking, do I even know it’s stolen property?” she asked. To claim the stereos, call Boardman at 625-4260. Owners must be able to give identifying marks, including the serial number, or proof of ownership.

, DataTimes

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