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Valley police make arrest in string of car prowls

Fri., Sept. 23, 2011, 8:27 p.m.

Spokane Valley police arrested a man today in connection with a string of car prowls targeting Fords.

Peter N. Harras, 29, was booked into Spokane County Jail on five counts of trafficking in stolen property, said Sgt. John Nowels. He will likely face additional charges.

Police are still searching for Johnnie Lee Bonner, 33, who they say acted as an accomplice. He is white, six feet tall, about 250 pounds and has a shaved head and a white pride tattoo on his arm.

Over the last few weeks, police say the two broke into Ford trucks in the Valley and stole thousands in tools and other valuables, including a $2,000 set of hearing aids.

Surveillance video showed two men breaking into the vehicles and driving away in a green Suburban with temporary plates on the back, Nowels said. Detectives then discovered property of one of the victims had been pawned. They matched the name of the man who pawned it with a name on a list of green Suburbans recently purchased in the area, leading them to Harass and the cache of stolen property at his apartment, located at 940 South Lincoln Street.

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