August 23, 2014 in Washington Voices

Liberty Lake store worker hit with bottle during liquor theft

By The Spokesman-Review

Liquor thefts are still happening regularly in Liberty Lake, and in some cases the violence is increasing.

An employee of the Safeway store in the 1200 block of North Liberty Lake Road stopped a woman attempting to steal a $7.99 bottle of alcohol at 10:30 p.m. on Monday. The two were approached by a man who hit the employee over the head with a bottle, said Liberty Lake Police Chief Brian Asmus.

The man reportedly said, “You’re lucky I don’t have a gun,” before and he and the woman fled. The incident was captured on video surveillance and is under investigation, Asmus said.

A woman reportedly stole two bottles of alcohol from the same store shortly before noon on Aug. 13. A female juvenile was caught trying to steal nearly $40 worth of alcohol on Aug. 14. The teen reportedly told police that she had stolen alcohol from the store several times before, Asmus said. She was cited for third-degree theft.

Other incidents from Aug. 11-18

Aug. 11: A bicycle was reported stolen from a garage in the 23000 block of East Oldenburg Lane.

Aug. 12: A transient camp was reported in the area of Country Vista Drive and Henry Road that was causing property damage. There are now increased patrols in the area.

A panhandler was reported in the median at Liberty Lake Road and Appleway Avenue.

Aug. 13: A woman was reportedly sleeping behind a business in the 20000 block of East Glenbrook Avenue with a bottle of alcohol next to her. The woman told officers that she had left home after getting into an argument with her husband.

Aug. 14: Someone reported a suspicious vehicle that had been in a parking lot in the 22000 block of East Appleway Avenue for several hours. An officer spoke to the driver, who said she didn’t feel safe with her passenger and wanted to be in a public place. The passenger was arrested on warrants for making a false statement, obstructing law enforcement and domestic violence harassment.

Aug. 16: A caller said a man was in the area of Country Vista Drive and Stanford Lane asking that police be called. When an officer arrived, the man asked for a ride to Wal-Mart so he could get the two flat tires on his bike replaced. The officer declined.

Aug. 17: A person claimed to see 15 marijuana plants being transported in the 20000 block of East Mission Avenue.

Arrests: Police made two arrests for driving with a suspended license, one for driving under the influence, two for warrants and one for drug possession.

Citations: Officers handed out two citations for expired vehicle registration, five for speeding and two for use of a cellphone. Additional citations were given for failure to show proof of liability insurance and minor in possession/consumption of alcohol.

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