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Suspect arrested in north Spokane car thefts

Sat., Jan. 26, 2013

Area has seen spike in vehicle prowling

Spokane police on Friday arrested a man suspected of trying to steal vehicles in an area plagued by vehicle thefts.

Randy A. Norberg, 31, was arrested on two counts of attempted vehicle theft after someone reported seeing him prowling cars in an apartment complex at 49 E. Pine Ridge Court, according to Spokane police Officer Brian Eckersley.

Norberg was armed with a large knife and a small sword, Eckersley said.

Investigators determined Norberg had tampered with the ignitions on two vehicles. 

While vehicle prowling and vehicle thefts occur throughout the city, there has been an obvious increase in the north Spokane area.  Police urge citizens to report suspicious activity such as vehicle prowling in their neighborhoods, but not to intervene.

A Spokane County Superior Court judge set Norberg’s bond at $20,000 and doubled his bond in another pending case.

Just two weeks ago, Spokane police served search warrants that turned up half a pound of methamphetamine, two loaded handguns and explosive devices in a home at 2804 E. Central Ave., where they say they found Norberg along with fortified doors and video surveillance equipment.

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