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Felon with 29 convictions arrested on suspicion of burglarizing bike shop

A Spokane felon with 29 convictions was arrested Friday on suspicion of stealing 16 bicycles and two vehicles.

Spokane police believe repeat offender Chris Cannata burglarized North Division Bike Shop on Tuesday and stole 21 bikes, a news release from the police department said.

On Friday, police stopped a vehicle identified as being involved in the bike shop burglary. The vehicle was confirmed as stolen and interviews with the two people in the car led police to Cannata, the release said. Cannata’s extensive criminal history includes 29 felony convictions on charges including burglary, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, unlawful possession of a firearm and escape.

While investigating the stolen car, officers saw a Chevy Avalanche that had been stolen earlier that day. The driver of the Avalanche saw officers and fled. Officers found the Avalanche abandoned near 900 W. Everett Ave. and found Cannata nearby, the release said.

Inside the Avalanche, officers found property allegedly stolen from a burglary in the 2600 block of W. Garland Ave., which occurred on Friday. Officers also located 16 of the stolen bicycles, still in their boxes, at a home in the 6100 block of N. Wall Street.

Cannata was booked into the Spokane County Jail and is being held on a $100,000 bond. His first court appearance will be today at 1:30 pm.

Police have probable cause to arrest three other people in relation to the car theft and one other person in relation to the bike shop burglary, the release said.

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