June 26, 1997 in Washington Voices

Thieves Take Stereo Equipment From Deer Park Church Building

By The Spokesman-Review

The commandment “Thou shall not steal” meant nothing to a thief who robbed a Deer Park church of stereo equipment last week.

Rick McCombs, pastor of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 809 S. Colville, believes the thief knew his or her way around the church. “They left the equipment that didn’t work,” McCombs said. “I seriously doubt we’ll ever see it again.”

The thief stole a public address system, a dual cassette recorder and microphones. Between $1,500 to $2,000 was stolen, McCombs said.

A church group using the building on June 18 told a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy that the group locked the building before leaving at 9 p.m. The equipment was reported stolen the next morning.

“There was no known point of entry, and there appeared to be no forced entry,” said sheriff’s spokesman Dave Reagan.

McCombs said the church will use an old stereo system until new equipment is purchased.

Teen arrested for assault

A 16-year-old boy was arrested June 18 after threatening a caregiver with a piece of broken glass.

The incident occurred at a Washington state facility for juvenile sex offenders located on Craig Road.

The caregiver, a 41-year-old woman, told deputies she had just returned the boy from a court appearance when he became disruptive and began pounding on his door.

When she contacted the boy to find out what the problem was, he verbally threatened her, swinging a small piece of broken glass at her, the woman told deputies.

When a deputy responded to the address, the youth had already fled the premises. Another deputy located the boy a short distance away from the facility.

The boy was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Spokane County Jail on a charge of second-degree assault.

, DataTimes

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