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Liberty Lake vehicle prowls, thefts up

An increase in vehicle prowlings continued in Liberty Lake the week of Feb. 6-13 and a few vehicle thefts were thrown in for good measure.

The first report of a stolen car came in at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 8. A resident in the 1400 block of North Fairway Road called to say her unlocked car had been stolen from in front of her house sometime after 11 p.m. the night before. She told police she left a key to the car inside a compartment in the dashboard, said Liberty Lake Police Chief Brian Asmus. The car was found abandoned in Spokane Valley later that morning and returned to its owner, Asmus said.

At 6 a.m. Feb. 13 a woman called police to report that her car had been stolen at some point during her night shift at a business in the 1800 block of Pepper Lane. The car was parked in the lot at 10 p.m. the night before and was gone when she got off work, Asmus said. The car was found abandoned in Spokane around noon that day and returned to its owner.

Liberty Lake police also found an abandoned stolen car in the 23000 block of East Maxwell at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 8. The car had been reported stolen in Spokane County at 7:45 a.m. that morning. It was returned to its owner.

There were multiple calls for vehicle prowlings during the week. A resident in the 100 block of North McKenzie Road called police to report a missing stereo amplifier and subwoofer at 9:40 a.m. on Feb. 6. Several hundred dollars in cash and a cashier’s check were reported missing from a car in the 1300 block of North Samantha Road at 12:15 p.m. on Feb. 7. Someone with a sweet tooth apparently stole a bag of candy from an unlocked car in the 22000 block of East Settler Drive on Feb. 8. A CD player and tools were removed from a car in the 1100 block of North Homestead Drive on Feb. 10. A woman in the 24000 block of East Maxwell Drive reported that her passport was missing from her unlocked car on Feb. 11.

Two residential burglaries were also reported. A resident in the 1400 block of North Fairway told police someone entered his unlocked home and took a MacBook laptop on Feb. 7. Two sets of golf clubs were reported missing from a garage in the 1200 block of North Fairway at 6:50 a.m. Feb. 8. The resident also reported that a flat screen television and laptop were missing from the home.

Officers made one arrest for driving with a suspended license. A resident reported seeing a possible drug transaction in the 21800 block of East Mission Avenue at 6 p.m. on Feb. 7. The case is under investigation, Asmus said.

An officer spotted a man driving 90 mph in a 45 mph zone in the 25000 block of East Appleway at 12:44 a.m. on Feb. 13. The driver, who was arrested for reckless driving, told the officer he was speeding because he was in a hurry, Asmus said.

During the week officers handed out six citations for speeding. Additional citations were given for license and plates required, failure to show proof of liability insurance, defective muffler, defective tail light, following too close and improper signaling.

Reach reporter Nina Culver at ninac@spokesman.com, (509) 927-2158.


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