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Robbers Escape Empty-Handed

Two men attempting to rob a South Side convenience store this week left empty-handed after they got a case of the nerves.

The men entered the Texaco store at 305 S. Thor about 2:15 a.m. Sunday. One man demanded money from the clerk, saying his partner had a gun. No weapon was displayed, said police spokesman Dick Cottam.

The employee reached under the counter, causing the robbers to assume he had signaled police. The clerk said the two ran from the store and disappeared down an alley. A K-9 and handler tracked the two for a short distance, but the men apparently entered a vehicle and left the area, Cottam said.

Both men were described as white, about 30 years old. One was about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds; the other was 5-feet-10-inches and 170 pounds.

One was wearing a white sweater, and the other a blue ski jacket with ripped sleeves.

Idaho women arrested on South Side

Two Coeur d’Alene women were arrested for drug possession on the South Hill Friday morning.

The women drove away from a home near the intersection of 53rd Avenue and Grove just after 1 a.m. Friday. Spokane Sheriff’s deputies pulled over the 1983 Ford Mustang, knowing a similar-looking car was being sought by authorities for a separate incident.

The vehicle was not the car in question, but deputies ran a check on the driver, Delaynne Adams, 33, of Coeur d’Alene, said Spokane County Sheriff’s spokesman Dave Reagan. Deputies found Adams was driving with a suspended license, and she was placed under arrest, Reagan said.

Deputies searched the vehicle and found a container of methamphetamine powder and a “fairly substantial amount of cash,” said Reagan.

Adams was booked on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

The passenger, Abby Johnson, 26, also of Coeur d’Alene, was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant for forgery coming from Kootenai County.

Man’s kick takes patrol car out of service

A man who allegedly stole a truck from a former business partner kicked a window out of a patrol car after being arrested Friday, said police spokesman Dick Cottam.

Donald Paul Krentkowski, 36, no address given, was spotted at Sprague and Fiske at 11 p.m. driving the pickup, which had just been reported stolen. Police stopped the driver, who then made verbal threats regarding the owner of the truck, Cottam said.

While being transported to jail, Krentkowski kicked a side window out of the patrol car, Cottam said. The vehicle had to be taken out of service for repairs.

Krentkowski was booked on suspicion of theft of the vehicle and malicious mischief.

, DataTimes