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Two Boys Believed To Be Responsible For Series Of Thefts

Sat., Sept. 7, 1996

Two teenagers were arrested early Tuesday after several cars were burglarized during a Spokane Valley crime spree.

So far, sheriff’s deputies have linked the teens to nine car break-ins near the 900 block of North Ella Road, said Lt. David Wiyrick.

Deputies believe they also are responsible for several other smash-and-grab car burglaries north of Interstate 90 in the Valley.

The boys, ages 16 and 17, were arrested for second-degree malicious mischief, a felony, meaning the damage totaled more than $250.

Windows on several of the vehicles were smashed, Wiyrick said. The side wing window and mirror were torn off another.

The string of burglaries “was pretty extensive,” Wiyrick said.

When deputies caught up with the teens at about 2 a.m., one had his pockets stuffed full of cigarette packs, and the other was carrying a bag of change, Wiyrick said. Deputies said the cigarettes and the money were stolen from the cars.

Both were booked into the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center.

Deputies believe the two boys may also be responsible for several other car burglaries that occurred the same night on the north side of the freeway, also around Ella Road. Those burglaries are still under investigation.

, DataTimes

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