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Suspect Arrested In Toolbox Thefts

A South Hill man was arrested last Thursday after a witness said he spotted someone carrying two toolboxes out of a garage.

Spokane County Sheriff’s spokesman Dave Reagan said Eric Anthony Heaton, 28, 3000 W. Sixth, was arrested after a man was seen carrying the boxes out of an unsecured garage in the 3300 block of East Donora Drive. Minutes earlier, the witness had seen the man go into another nearby garage, then get in his green and white Blazer and drive away, Reagan said.

Sheriff’s deputies stopped a truck matching that description as it was heading east on 65th Avenue, Reagan said.

Deputies said they found two red toolboxes in the Blazer.

Heaton was arrested on suspicion of residential burglary and second-degree theft.

Counterfeit bill passed

A counterfeit $50 bill was passed Sunday evening at the McDonald’s Restaurant at 404 S. Maple, Spokane Police spokesman Dick Cottam said.

Employees called police about 6:45 p.m. after noticing the bill had no red or blue fibers and was printed upside down on one side, Cottam said.

The employees described the suspect as a white male, 20 or 21 years old, with medium length dirty-blond hair and fingernails painted light green.

He left before employees noticed the bill, which was handed over to the Secret Service.

This is the latest in a flurry of counterfeit bills Secret Service agents have seen passed in Spokane in the past two weeks. Agents estimate about 40 incidents involving counterfeit bills have been reported.

Cottam said Sunday’s incident was unusual because $50 counterfeit bills are more uncommon than $10 and $20 bills.

Officials say the bills are typically passed at fast-food restaurants and other businesses where cashiers are hurried.

Telephone scam hits Spokane

Spokane Police and the Washington Attorney General’s Office are warning people to be cautious about phone calls saying they’ve won prizes.

As with most scams, a recent one in Spokane is targeting older women, said police spokesman Dick Cottam.

Authorities said a Spokane woman recently received a call at her home. The man on the phone told her she had won $80,000 but would have to pay $4,700 in taxes.

The woman contacted the state Attorney General’s Office.

Cottam said anyone who receives calls about having won money, vacations, cars or other expensive prizes should be cautious. If obtaining the prize is ever tied to the winner paying taxes or fees, it’s probably a scam, Cottam said.

Marshall church burglarized

Burglars stole entertainment equipment from the Marshall Community Church sometime between Friday and Sunday mornings, Spokane sheriff’s spokesman Dave Reagan said.

A stereo system, television and videocassette recorder were reported missing Sunday from the youth building south of the main church. The items had been taken between 8:30 a.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Sunday, Reagan said.

Sheriff’s deputies said it wasn’t clear how burglars gained entry to the building. They said it was possible a door had been left unlocked.

Tire tracks outside a window indicated they’d passed the items through it to a car waiting outside.

Sheriff’s deputies seized the window glass and a metal can for fingerprinting. They have no suspects.

, DataTimes