A Spokane Valley sheriff’s deputy located a stolen vehicle about 2:30 this morning after spotting it in a neighborhood he knew well.
Deputy Seth Burrow was patrolling in the area of 17200 E. Coach Drive when he noticed a Honda CRV he had never seen before in a driveway, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. Burrow patrols the area frequently and is familiar with the neighborhood. He discovered the CRV had been stolen from Spokane Feb. 3 or 4.
Burrow asked for assistance from other deputies while he watched the house. Police said a man, later identified as Jerry Olinger-Beem, 31, walked out of the house talking on a cell phone and looking up and down Coach Drive. The man walked back inside the home and came out with a woman about a minute later.
The two got into the CRV, started it and sat inside the vehicle for several minutes with the lights off. They left the residence and were soon pulled over by another deputy.
Police said Olinger-Beem told them he had borrowed the vehicle from a friend. The woman told them she didn’t know the Honda was stolen and said they were on their way to visit a friend. The owner of the vehicle said he didn’t know either Olinger-Beem or the woman, deputies said.
The woman was released at the scene and Olinger-Beem was booked into Spokane County Jail on a felony charge of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and an unrelated misdemeanor warrant.