TVs stolen during RV shop break-ins

SATURDAY, MAY 31, 2014

Someone broke into RVs at a business in the 19000 block of East Cataldo twice last week, each time ripping flat-screen televisions out of the walls.

“It seems like it happens every year,” said Liberty Lake police Chief Brian Asmus. “It could be the same folks doing the same thing.”

The first theft was reported May 19. Employees said three RVs were broken into and damaged. The next day, employees reported a similar theft in another RV. The case is under investigation, Asmus said.

The third time was not the charm for a man suspected of stealing liquor and other items from the Safeway on Liberty Lake Road. The man is suspected of taking three bottles of liquor the morning of May 18, then returning later that same day for another $210 worth of alcohol and some perishable items.

The man reportedly came back just after 5 a.m. on May 22 and employees called police. It was at shift change and there were four officers on duty instead of two, Asmus said. The officers positioned themselves at the front and back exits and waited for the suspect to come out. When he came out the front door with bottles of liquor without paying, he dropped the alcohol and ran when he spotted the officers, Asmus said.

Aramis J. Turner, 27, was arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail for third-degree retail theft with special circumstances. Turner also was wanted on a felony warrant for escape from community custody. Turner is being held in jail in lieu of $20,000 bond.

“He did apologize for stealing and running from us,” Asmus said.

Other calls from May 19-26

May 20: A bike left at the Park and Ride in the 22000 block of East Mission Avenue was reported stolen. The bike’s owner said the bike, worth $400, was stolen sometime during the day.

May 22: A damaged laptop was found at Mission Avenue and Holl Road at 11:30 a.m. The computer was too damaged to turn on to determine ownership.

May 23: A suspicious person was reported in the 1900 block of North Winrock Street. An officer found a male who was confused and didn’t know where he was. A family member told police he had walked away from Sacred Heart Medical Center earlier that day. He was taken back to the hospital.

May 25: A resident in the 1300 block of North Fairway Road reported that a stereo system had been stolen from his unlocked car overnight.

May 26: A 911 call with no one on the other end was reported in the area of Appleway Avenue and Signal Road. An officer located two teens, one of whom said he may have accidentally dialed the emergency number while his phone was in his pocket.

A 14-year-old girl was arrested in the 19000 block of East Shannon Avenue for assault and interfering with the reporting of domestic violence.

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

Citations: Officers handed out two citations for expired vehicle registration and four for speeding. Additional citations were given for failure to show proof of liability insurance and texting while driving.

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