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Liberty Lake Police arrest man suspected in thefts

The Liberty Lake Police Department believes it has arrested a vehicle prowler responsible for several crimes in the area. An officer was on patrol early Monday when he spotted a suspicious Ford Escort parked near Settler Drive and Kelsea Court. He watched the car while calling for another officer to search the neighborhood, said police records clerk Sakti Hiatt.

While the officer was parked, he heard of a report of a vehicle prowling in the 23000 block of East Settler with the homeowner chasing the suspect. Soon after, the officer spotted a man running for the Ford, Hiatt said. “He caught up with the guy first,” she said.

A 24-year-old Spokane man was arrested on charges of second-degree vehicle prowling, third-degree theft and third-degree possession of stolen property just before 6 a.m. All three are misdemeanors.

Police believe the man was also responsible for the prowling of three cars in the 23000 block of East Colony Court that was reported later that day.

Investigators have released a list of items found in the man’s possession that are believed to be stolen and are asking that anyone with information on the property call the department at (509) 755-1140. The list includes a silver iPod, a black thumb drive with written on top, an AT&T cellphone, white Apple earphones, numerous flashlights and headlamps, several boxes of electronic cigarettes, packs of cigarettes, multiple lighters, several sets of keys, a George Dickel commemorative belt buckle and an 8GB iPhone still in the box.

A gas drive-off was reported in the 22000 block of East Appleway just after 9 p.m. on May 23. An employee reported that someone drove away without paying for $40.45 in gas. A resident in the 21000 block of Country Vista Drive reported on Sunday that a license plate had been stolen from her car.

Residents in the 22000 block of Country Vista Drive called police Sunday evening to report that someone had tried to pry open their apartment door while they were on vacation. The break-in attempt failed.

A caller reported four teenagers throwing full cans of soda at cars in the area of Lakeside and Valleyway just before 9 p.m. on Friday. An officer contacted the teens, who said they were aiming for a nearby tree and missed. The officer explained reckless endangerment laws, but no further action was taken because no cars were hit by the soda.

During the week of May 20-27 officers made nine arrests for driving with a suspended license. They handed out four citations for expired registration, eight for failure to show proof of liability insurance, 13 for speeding and two for use of a cellphone. Additional citations were given for no brake lights or turn signal, illegal use of studded tires, failure to stop/yield at an intersection, failure to signal, and opening vehicle doors into oncoming traffic.