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Familiar description tips Liberty Lake officer to suspect

Thu., July 26, 2012, midnight

They say that crime doesn’t pay and that seems to be particularly true in Liberty Lake, a town small enough that police likely know what car you drive and where you live.

The Shopko on East Sprague Avenue in Spokane Valley was robbed at 6:20 p.m. on Sunday. A Liberty Lake officer heard the description of the suspect and the suspect’s vehicle over the radio and recognized both, said Liberty Lake Police Chief Brian Asmus. The officer remembered where the man lived and drove to his house on East Mission Avenue. The man was arrested in his driveway.

A Motorola Droid Razr phone valued at $600 was reported missing from a business in the 1400 block of Liberty Lake Road on July 14. An employee reported that two people came in and asked about buying a cellphone, Asmus said. The employee was busy and the two left, but the phone was missing from a display table after they left. Video surveillance of the incident is being reviewed.

A business in the 19600 block of East Cataldo Avenue reported the theft of eight brass flanges and two bronze downspout nozzles from the outside of their business. The fixtures are valued at hundreds of dollars each, Asmus said, and local metal recyclers have been alerted.

A resident was apparently taken in by a Craigslist scam that involves rental property. The man filled out a questionnaire that asked for personal information then sent cash via Western Union for a rental deposit, Asmus said. The man he was corresponding with did not actually own the property.

Other calls during the week of July 16-23 included a man who said his car was covered with maxi pads while it was parked in his driveway and a loud party in the 1000 block of King James Lane at 11 p.m. Saturday. An officer had the band quit playing and asked everyone to go inside the house, Asmus said.

There were five arrests for driving with a suspended license during the week. A juvenile girl was arrested for domestic violence assault and malicious mischief.

During the week officers gave out three citations for failure to show proof of liability insurance, five for speeding, five for use of a cell phone and three for failure to wear a safety belt.

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