January 12, 2012 in City

Internet ads help police recover stolen car, bike

By The Spokesman-Review

Spokane Valley detectives recovered a stolen classic car and a stolen motorcycle after searching two Spokane Valley homes Wednesday.

The 1936 Ford Coupe was stolen Dec. 21, and the victim’s friends and family began scouring the Internet for 1936 Ford parts, police spokesman Deputy Mark Gregory said in a news release. They located ads on Craigslist and eBay and easily identified some of the more custom parts for sale.

Then, a Western Washington resident that responded to one of the ads was suspicious of the parts’ low prices and found a news article online about the stolen Ford.

He notified Spokane Valley police, who were able to conduct surveillance and learn the identity of the suspect.

They executed search warrants for a home in the 800 block of South Steen Road and another in the 9900 block of East 11th Avenue, though it is unclear what stolen property was recovered at each address.

Dmitriy D. Shulgan, 36, and Jerry L. Everett Jr., 47, were booked into Spokane County Jail for first-degree possession of stolen property and first-degree trafficking in stolen property, both felonies. Everett was also booked for felony theft of a motor vehicle.

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