Arrow-right Camera
News >  Features >  Washington Voices

Liberty Lake crimes tied to use of Craigslist

The Craigslist website played a role in two crimes reported in Liberty Lake the week of July 8-15, which led Police Chief Brian Asmus to caution residents about using the site.

“It’s really a buyer beware type of situation,” he said.

A man in the 22000 block of East Valleyway Avenue called police just after noon on July 8 to report the theft of three handguns. The man had used Craigslist to find and hire two men to help him move and the men didn’t return on the second day, Asmus said. The resident then noticed his guns were gone. “He didn’t have any contact information for them,” he said. “All he had were first names.”

A resident in the 21000 block of East Bitterroot Lane advertised a wedding dress for sale on Craigslist for $450. She received a check for $1,980 and the buyer asked the seller to cash the check, keep $450 of it and then wire the remaining money to someone else. The woman followed the instructions but was later notified by her bank that the check was invalid, Asmus said. The business listed on the check told police someone has been fraudulently using their account, he said.

A resident reported hearing gunshots in the area of North Legend Tree Drive just before 12:30 p.m. on July 9. An officer found two teenagers sitting on the curb when he arrived and both appeared to be intoxicated, Asmus said. They reportedly told police that they had been lighting off fireworks. Both were cited for minor in possession/consumption of alcohol.

Officers responded to a hit-and-run accident at Interstate 90 and Liberty Lake Road at 5:22 p.m. on July 9. The driver who was hit was able to get the license plate number of the car that fled and police tracked down the driver. She reportedly told officers that she drove away because she didn’t see any damage. The 23-year-old Spokane resident was arrested for hit-and-run and driving with a suspended license.

A woman spotted driving 60 mph in a 35-mph zone at Harvard Road and Wellesley Avenue was arrested for driving under the influence shortly after 7 p.m. on July 11. The next day the DUI paperwork belonging to the 30-year-old Spokane woman was found near the Conoco gas station at Mission and Harvard. “She left it in the parking lot and someone turned it in,” Asmus said.

A resident in the 24000 block of East Maxwell Avenue called Saturday evening to report that his license plates had been stolen. An officer noticed that the plates on the vehicle were barely attached and were registered to a car of the same description that had been reported stolen, Asmus said. The plates were confiscated.

An officer on patrol spotted four cars and a group of teenagers in a parking lot in the 1400 block of North Liberty Lake Road a few minutes before midnight on Saturday. Three of the cars drove off when the officer pulled in, Amus said, and there were numerous beer cans on the ground. The three remaining teenagers agreed to take a Breathalyzer test. Two had not drunk any alcohol but the third blew a .185, which is above the legal limit of .08. The 19-year-old male was cited for minor in possession/consumption of alcohol.

During the week officers made eight arrests for driving with a suspended license and one for driving under the influence. They handed out 11 citations for failure to show proof of liability insurance, three for expired registration, two for defective muffler and eight for speeding. Additional citations were given for illegal use of studded tires, improper passing on the left and failure to signal.