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Spokane Police arrest alleged cell phone thieves

Spokane Police arrested a husband and wife Monday who are suspected of stealing cell phones and selling them on Craigslist.

Vladimir Stepanov, 20, and his 22-year-old wife, Yuliya Stepanov, were arrested for first degree trafficking in stolen property and theft after they allegedly asked to borrow a person’s cell phone then fled with it, according to a news release.

A Spokane Public Schools security officer heard police scanner reports about the incident, which took place at 1:20 p.m. in the 5800 block of North Division Street, and called police to say that similar incidents have taken place near schools recently. The security officer, who was not identified, was able to provide police with a license plate number, according to the news release.

Police are asking anyone who has been the victim of or witness to a similar crime to call Crime Check at (509) 459-2233.