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Liberty Lake Blotter: Vehicle prowls spur more officer patrols


In response to a recent rash of vehicle prowls, Liberty Lake police officers have been checking for suspicious people and vehicles, especially in the early hours of the morning.

A man wearing a flannel shirt and jeans was spotted near Harvard Road and Mission Avenue at 11:38 p.m. on March 25. The man fled when officers approached and attempts to find him weren’t successful, said police Chief Brian Asmus.

An officer on patrol spotted a vehicle making an illegal U-turn over a concrete median in the area of Harvard and Indiana Avenue at 12:09 a.m. on March 26. A deputy in the area was advised that the car was headed in his direction and the deputy pulled the car over, Asmus said. The driver declined to let police search his car.

A caller reported a car circling the parking lot in the 1300 block of North Liberty Lake Road just after 9 a.m. on March 29. The officer spoke with the two people in the car, who said they were trying to connect to a Wi-Fi signal, Asmus said.

Other incidents reported from March 24-31

March 25: A vehicle prowl was reported in the 6400 block of North Malvern Road. The man said his car was broken into while he was walking his dog on the Centennial Trial.

March 27: The theft of a bottle of liquor was reported from the 1200 block of North Liberty Lake Road. The suspect was gone when police arrived.

March 29: An officer responded to a possible abandoned vehicle on Interstate 90 and found an unconscious man in the front seat. A Washington State Patrol trooper was called to arrest the man for DUI.

Sunday: A person called to report an elderly female with no shoes and a cane walking in the 21000 block of East Country Vista Drive. An officer checked on the woman, who suffers from dementia. Family members arrived to pick her up.

Arrests: Police made three arrests for driving with a suspended license.

Citations: Officers handed out two citations for expired vehicle registration and eight for speeding. Additional citations were given for failure to show proof of liability insurance, failure to stop/yield at an intersection and failure to wear a safety belt.

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