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Liberty Lake Blotter: Businesses plagued by thefts

Sat., June 7, 2014, midnight

Theft has been a problem at Liberty Lake businesses recently and the week of May 27 to June 2 is no exception.

An employee in the 1200 block of North Liberty Lake Road called police just before 3 p.m. May 27 to report that a man had filled a cart with $596 worth of alcohol. The same man is suspected of stealing $580 worth of alcohol on May 23 as well, said Police Chief Brian Asmus. When the man noticed that store employees were watching him on May 27, he left the cart and exited the store.

Police obtained copies of video surveillance and are investigating the incident.

A woman wearing a tie-dye shirt reportedly stole $15 in greeting cards in the 1300 block of North Liberty Lake Road on May 28. Police were called back to the 1200 block of North Liberty Lake Road just before 3 p.m. on May 30. Store employees told police that a juvenile male had eaten several items while walking through the store and then attempted to leave without paying for the items. The 14-year-old boy was released to his mother, Asmus said. A theft charge is pending.

Other reports from May 27 to June 2

May 27: A resident in the 1300 block of North Fairway Road reported that someone had fraudulently charged his bank account for $1,086.

May 28: An unlocked bicycle valued at $100 was stolen in the 24000 block of East Spotted Owl Lane.

May 29: A man reported a vehicle prowl in the 2100 block of North Sedge Lane with more than $700 worth of items missing. The owner reported that he’d left his garage open and his keys in the ignition.

May 30: A resident in the 22000 block of East Country Vista Drive reported his bike valued at $1,050 stolen. The bike was locked.

May 31: An aggressive dog was reported in the 2000 block of North Winrock Street. The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service responded. A coil was stolen from a freshly installed air conditioning unit in the 24000 block of East Stonecrest Avenue.

Monday: A man dressed all in black was spotted in the area of Henry Road and Country Vista Drive at 5:35 a.m. He was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of burglary tools.

Arrests: Officers made two arrests for driving with a suspended license and one for driving under the influence.

Citations: Police handed out two citations for speeding and one for failure to wear a safety belt.

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