More vehicle prowling victims have been coming forward in Liberty Lake recently and that has led to the identification of two more suspects in the recent surge of thefts.
Last week Liberty Lake police Chief Brian Asmus announced that police had identified two suspects and found some the stolen property. Information from more victims who saw news reports listing the stolen property has allowed police to learn about two other people pawning stolen items.
“There’s likely more than one crew running around doing vehicle prowls in Liberty Lake,” Asmus said. “It generated more leads for us.”
No arrests have been made and the investigation is continuing. Police are actively searching for the prowlers, Asmus said.
An officer was patrolling the Gateway Park area in the 26000 block of East Appleway at 4 p.m. on Friday when he spotted a man he recognized from previous contacts. The man had been forbidden to return to the area and he was arrested for second-degree criminal trespass, said Asmus.
A driver was pulled over at Appleway Avenue and Signal Drive at 3:30 p.m. on Friday. The officer learned the driver had a suspended license and asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle. The man reportedly replied that he had a marijuana pipe, Asmus said, and one was found in the vehicle. The 28-year-old Spokane Valley man was arrested for driving with a suspended license and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Liberty Lake officers assisted the Washington State Patrol with several accidents on Interstate 90 the week of Feb. 20-Monday2. A local business called police on Feb. 21 to report finding what was believed to be drugs in a bathroom. A driver was involved in a one-car rollover accident at 11:45 p.m. on Friday in the 24000 block of River Road. He told police that he swerved to avoid an oncoming car and then overcorrected, Asmus said. The car damaged a planter box and several trees in a yard.
There were two arrests for driving with a suspended license and one for violation of a domestic violence protection order. During the week officers handed out two citations for failure to initially register a vehicle, four for failure to show proof of liability insurance, two for defective muffler and six for speeding. Additional citations were given for license and plates required, failure to yield/left turn and driving with wheels off the roadway.