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Burglar Tosses Canceled Checks

Thu., July 3, 1997

An unhappy burglar littered a highway with canceled checks after discovering they were worthless, sheriff’s deputies said.

More than 100 canceled checks from Sunset Florist were found strewn along the eastbound lanes of Sunset Boulevard on June 29, said Spokane County sheriff’s deputies.

“Once he figured out the checks were canceled and of no value, the suspect threw them out the window as he drove,” said sheriff’s spokesman Dave Reagan.

The canceled checks were taken from the florist, 1600 S. Assembly, sometime between 5:30 p.m. June 28, and 6 a.m. June 29.

There was no evidence of a forced entry into the business, leading deputies to believe the suspect may have hidden inside before closing.

The owner told deputies he arrived at the florist shop on June 29 to pick up his newspaper and discovered a note from a good Samaritan and several canceled checks the person found along the highway. The shop owner then reported the burglary to the sheriff’s department.

Thieves party, then rob

Burglars brought their own alcohol to a non-drinker’s home and partied while the owner was away, sheriff’s deputies said.

The front door of a home in the South 4100 block of Geiger Road was knocked open while the owner was on vacation, Spokane County sheriff’s spokesman Dave Reagan said. Deputies collected the empty bottles and dusted them for fingerprints.

The burglary occurred sometime between June 23-27. The homeowner, who told sheriff’s deputies he doesn’t drink alcohol, found the liquor bottles on the kitchen counter.

Suspects took a Pioneer stereo system, Creation personal computer, 15-inch computer monitor, keyboard, mouse and an Epson model 400 color printer, two VCRs and 420 compact discs. Also taken were a Epiphone electric guitar and Peavy guitar amplifier. No estimate was given on the value of the stolen items.

, DataTimes

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