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Metal thieves hit new store in Valley

Wed., Oct. 10, 2012

Metals were stolen from a construction site and a salvage yard in Spokane Valley this week.

The thieves hit the site of Spokane’s first Dick’s Sporting Goods store Monday night. The thieves stole metal roofing, said Spokane County sheriff’s Deputy Craig Chamberlin.

The construction site occupies more than 45,000 square feet of space near the Spokane Valley Mall. Chamberlin was unable to provide the value of the materials stolen.

The sporting goods store is expected to open Nov. 9, with about 60-70 employees.

Thieves also snagged a heavy load of aluminum semitruck wheels from a Valley salvage yard on Monday.

Deputies responded Monday to the business on Howe Road, where the yard’s manager told them someone cut the lock on the facility’s front gate overnight and stole 27 wheel rims and four batteries.

Without the tires, the rims are about 2 1/2 feet in diameter and weigh more than 60 pounds each. They can be sold at local recycling plants for about 70 cents per pound, which is more than the recycling price for soda cans at 50 cents per pound.

The manager estimated his loss to be about $4,000. If the thieves recycled the rims, they would only make about $1,100.

Anyone with information regarding these thefts is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

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