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Off-duty WSP trooper shoots home intruder

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — An off-duty Washington State Patrol trooper shot and killed an intruder who attacked him at his south Kitsap home, according to the Kitsap County sheriff’s office.

An investigation continues, bu the sheriff’s office says it appears the trooper went outside Saturday shortly before midnight to check out a car on his property. When he identified himself as a law enforcement officer to the driver, a fight began and the trooper was struck in the head by a steel rod. Deputies say the trooper was able to struggle to his feet and when his attacker refused to comply with his commands, resorted to lethal force.

The name of the shooting victim, believed to be a 30-year-old South Kitsap man, was not immediately released. He was pronounced dead at Tacoma General Hospital. The trooper was taken to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Gig Harbor for treatment.

Prison-bound federal felon adds to record

A Spokane career criminal already headed to federal prison for 15 years pleaded guilty to a slew of felonies in Spokane County this week.

Casey D. Beckham, 34, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but that sentence will run the same time as his federal sentence of 188 months.

Beckham was sentenced in June under the federal Armed Career Criminal Act, which mandates a minimum 15-year prison term for career criminals charged with unlawful firearm possession.

Beckham objected to the classification, saying his burglary convictions didn’t qualify as violent felonies.

Now the longtime drug addict has 15 more felony convictions after Judge Maryann Moreno accepted his guilty pleas Thursday.

He pleaded guilty to three counts of delivery of a controlled substance, five counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and single counts of second-degree identity theft, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, second-degree possession of stolen property, attempting to elude a police vehicle and second-degree burglary.

Moreno sentenced him to 120 months in prison and ordered him to pay $1,444 in restitution.

Beckham’s lawyer, Terrence Ryan, said he’ll likely serve about 6 1/2 years of the state sentence. But his federal sentence likely won’t be reduced. He’s to be on probation for 10 years once he’s released.

Beckham was arrested in May 2009 after a day-long SWAT team standoff at a north Spokane apartment complex. He broke through an apartment ceiling and hid in the rafters, where police found him with a pound and a half of methamphetamine and $8,500.

About a dozen stolen firearms were found nearby with a felon, David L. “Cowboy Dave” Harwood, who said he was to sell the guns to Beckham to clear a $600 meth debt. Harwood, 40, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on gun charges in Superior Court in May.

Past coverage:

June 10, 2010: Career criminal in denial gets 15 years

May 28, 2009: Man arrested after seven-hour standoff

Father, daughter wanted for theft, burglary

A father and daughter suspected in a series of burglaries late last year is wanted by Crime Stoppers after failing to show up for court. 

The burglary spree included thefts at a barn, several units at Valleyway Self Storage and a Spokane Valley landscaping company.

Sara A. Payne, 19, and William R. Payne, 48, also are accused of pawning the stolen property, which included elk antlers, a bear skull, duck decoys, saddles, leaf blowers and a Wii video game console.

Prosecutors issued arrest warrants after the Paynes didn’t show up for arraignments July 7. Crime Stoppers announced a reward for tips on their locations Wednesday.

William Payne reportedly told a Spokane County Sheriff’s detective he was addicted to OxyContin and pawned items stolen between Dec. 4 and Dec. 7 from All Pro Landscaping, 13409 E. Trent Ave., and from a barn burglary on South Ben Burr Road between Dec. 10 and Dec. 13.

Sara Payne reportedly admitted to pawning property stolen from storage units at 15302 E. Valleyway between Sept. 12 and Sept. 15, including the bear skull and elk antlers. She is charged with four counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree theft, two counts of trafficking in stolen property, and single counts second-degree theft and second-degree malicious mischief. 

 Her father is charged with nine counts of first-degree trafficking in stolen property, two counts of second-degree burglary and two counts of second-degree theft.

Also charged in the case is Tyler J. Cruz, 26, (right) who faces two counts of second-degree burglary and two counts of second-degree theft for the burglaries at All Pro Landscaping and the Ben Burr Road barn. He’s to be arraigned Aug. 18.

Cruz and the Paynes lived in a duplex next door to the landscaping company, where the company owner said he found hist stolen ladder. The Paynes also rented storage units at Valleyway, according to court documents.

Anyone with information on the Paynes’ whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online. Tipsters don’t have to leave their name to collect a reward but should leave a code name or number.

6-month spree nets 68 months, 17 felonies

A six-month crime spree that earned a Spokane man a spot in the city’s list of most active criminals also earned him 17 felony convictions and nearly six years in prison.

Aleksey Y. Solodyankin, 31, was sentenced Friday to 68 months in prison. He’s been in Spokane County Jail since April, when police arrested him after a wild pursuit that took spike strips, a dozen officers and two tries of force over two miles to halt.

Solodyankin was arrested for vehicle prowling in September, then again Dec. 16 after police say they followed his footsteps from a stolen car to a Spokane Valley bar after a chase.

He was picked up again in January after he was charged with two December burglaries in which stolen vehicles rammed storefronts. He also was charged for a Dec. 20 chase with a Washington State Patrol trooper. He never posted bail after his April arrest.

Now Solodyankin’s bound for a state prison after pleading guilty to two counts of first-degree malicious mischief, two counts of second-degree burglary, first-degree theft, two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, unlawful imprisonment, third-degree assault, three counts of attempt to elude, two counts of possession of meth, two counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and one count of first-degree vehicle prowling.

His sentences for the charges will be served at the same time; his maximum sentence was the high-end of the standard range for second-degree burglary, 68 months

Burglary ring leads to marijuana grow house

A string of apartment burglaries led police to a marijuana growing operation after the theft suspects admitted to stealing hydroponic grow equipment.

William F. Searight, 22, is to be arraigned today on charges related to nine burglaries at Spokane Valley apartment complexes in March.

Jonothan A. Delay, 19,  is also charged with two of those burglaries and is due in Superior Court this afternoon..

The men also are accused of a Feb. 17 burglary at Spokane Organic & Hydroponic, 4823 E. Sprague.

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office detectives say Searight targeted flat-screen televisions in the apartment burglaries. Surveillance video from one complex showed a dark Toyota Four-Runner with a bulldog decal in the back window; detectives identified the truck’s owner as Searight’s brother, who told them Delay or Searight had driven the vehicle, according to court documents.

Detectives searched a home at 5069 Rail Canyon Road in Springdale in April and found Searight, who they say confessed to committing the apartment burglaries.

“Searight had an accomplice which he refused to name, but identified him as a young kid with minimal criminal history,” according to a search warrant.

The next day, after a short chase, police arrested Delay for a burglary at Allied Building Supplies, 2808 E. Boone Ave.

Delay reportedly admitted to detectives that he’d burgled the grow shop for marijuana grow equipment, and that he’d stolen chainsaws from Country Home Power, 5323 E. Sprague, as well as a stealing as guns and a  200-gallon fuel pump tank from a property in Whitman County,a according to a search warrant.

Delay said he sold stolen items to 19-year-old Dustin W.  Riggles, and that he had a “shopping list” of marijuana grow items to steal for a woman police identified as Allison E. Hubbard, 29, accoridng to court documents.

Police searched Hubbard’s home at 106045 E. 6th and dismantled a marijuana  growing operation. She’s charged with manufacturing a controlled substance. Her sister, Marcy D. Hubbard, 28, is charged with two counts of first-degree trafficking in stolen property. Delay and Riggles face the same charge.

Delay also is charged with two counts of second-degree burglary and two counts of second-degree theft, and Searight faces 10 counts of second-degree burglary and eight counts of second-degree theft. Charges were filed July 30.

Both men, who are in jail, also are charged with one count of residential burglary and two counts of possession of a stolen firearm.

  • Feb. 17: Spokane Organic & Hydroponic, 4823 E. Sprague (Delay and Searight)
  • Feb. 20: residential burglary, 8000 block of E. Utah (Delay and Searight)
  • March 9: Forest Creek Apartments, 13100 N. Addison
  • March 13: Country Homes Power Equipment, 5323 E. Sprague (Delay and Searight)
  • March 13: Graymayre Crossing Apartments, 636 E. Magnesium
  • March 13: Sullivan Court Apartments, 511 S. Sullivan
  • March 18: Oakwood Club Apartments, 726 N. McDonald
  • March 18: Montgomery Court Apartments, 2301 N. Wilbur
  • March 18: River Rock Apartments, 12721 E. Shannon
  • March 18: Pasadena Ridge Apartments, 4710 N. Pasadena Lane
  • March 18: Whimsical Pig Apartments, 13303 E. Mission


Barefoot Bandit doesn’t like all the attention

SEATTLE (AP) — The “Barefoot Bandit” has received movie and book offers but is not interested in telling his story — nor does he want anyone else to do it, according to his attorney.

Colton Harris-Moore, 19, is being held in Seattle on a federal count of interstate transportation of stolen property related to a plane theft at the Boundary County Airport in Bonners Ferry last fall.

The U.S. attorney’s office says Harris-Moore is the primary suspect in at least 80 crimes committed since he escaped from a group home near Seattle in April 2008.

They include stealing five airplanes, three of which were wrecked in crash landings, dozens of break-ins at homes and businesses, and the theft of cash, food, electronics, firearms, cars and boats across nine states, British Columbia and the Bahamas, where he was captured.

His attorney, John Henry Browne (pictured), told ABC News that Harris-Moore’s time as a fugitive wasn’t planned and he eluded authorities because he was afraid to turn himself in.

“He was sleeping in culverts, in ditches — and on occasion in a Porta-Potty or two,” he said.

Browne said he spoke with Harris-Moore for four hours on Saturday and found him to be “fascinating, intelligent and introspective.”

“He wanted me to give the message to the public that what he did was not romantic, that he shouldn’t be a role model,” Browne said during an interview on “Good Morning America.” ”He actually doesn’t like the attention he is getting.” (Seattle print shop owner Adin Stevens is pictured last October displaying a t-shirt he said he print on whim to celebrate Harris-Moore.)

Harris-Moore doesn’t plan to profit from his story and doesn’t want anyone else to either, Browne said.

“He felt if he told it or gave it away, it would no longer be his story,” Browne said. “Almost like, if you look in a mirror, your soul is stolen. It was really interesting.”

Asked about whether Harris-Moore flaunted his “Barefoot Bandit” image by drawing bare feet with chalk at one burglarized store, Browne said Harris-Moore intended it as a spoof.

“It was kind of like silly 19-year-old humor,” he said.

At a court hearing Friday, Harris-Moore did not contest his detention and waived his right to a preliminary hearing. His next court appearance will likely come after a grand jury indictment.

Read an in-depth story on Harris-Moore’s time in the Bahamas, written by a Seattle Times reporter who traveled there, by clicking the link below.

Past coverage:

July 23: Bandit’s lawyer: He was scared to death

Oct. 7: Teen bandit becoming national sensation

Felon accused of rape: It was consensual

A 14-time felon accused of raping a woman in an abandoned house in downtown Spokane told police the sex was consensual, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

Kelvin D. McCauley, 43, was arrested Tuesday night near 3rd Avenue and Monroe Street after a woman told police she’d jumped from a second-floor window in the 1100 block of West 5th Avenue to escape him.

The 21-year-old woman was taken to a hospital with broken ribs and a broken wrist; police aren’t sure if the injuries came from an assault or from the jump.

She told police she was walking downtown when she met McCauley “and began talking to him about God,” according to court documents. He had invited her to his house to see his children when he forced her upstairs at knife point and raped her, police said.

McCauley, who has 38 misdemeanor convictions, was ordered held on $150,000 bond after appearing in Superior Court Wednesday on charges of second-degree rape and first-degree burglary.

He declined to speak with police other than to say the sex was consensual.

“I think I just answered the most important question,” McCauley said, according to court documents.

McCauley, whose convictions include theft and money laundering, is to stay at the House of Charity if he posts bail. His arraignment is set for Aug. 3.

20 felonies for ‘nemesis’ of property owners

A suspected serial burglar who tried fleeing court in April is to be arraigned Wednesday on 20 felonies related to a six-month string of break ins in the Spokane area.

Cole T. Monson, 36, described by law enforcement as the “nemesis” of property owners, is accused of 13 burglaries that ended in March, just before several raids by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office netted a slew of stolen property.

Spokane County prosecutors filed charges last week. Monson faces 13 counts of second-degree burglary, as well as second-degree assault, car theft, eluding police and possession of a stolen car for an alleged police chase March 13.

His suspected methamphetamine dealer, 28-year-old Tamara D. Geurin is charged with possession of a stolen car, but she’s already serving a seven-year federal prison sentence for meth distribution that was handed down July 2.

Also charged in the case is 48-year-old John “Animal” Rose, who is accused of one count of second-degree possession of stolen property for items found in his home during the March 23 raid.

A fourth suspect, 36-year-old Terri Lynn Burkhart, alias Gunderson, is charged with second-degree possession of stolen property, second-degree theft and second-degree burglary after detectives say she helped Monson rob the coffee shop she used to own of a computer with information pertaining to a lawsuit.

According to a 26-page, (mostly single-spaced with few paragraph indents) statement of facts, Monson admitted the burglaries to police and said he “wrote the book on pursuits with the police.”

Monson reportedly told police after the March 13 chase that “he was so high at the time that all he could do was focus on not getting caught and not getting killed in a crash,” according to the statement.

Here’s a list of Monson’s alleged burglaries:

  • Sept. 25: Dale’s Maintenance, 11323 E. Dishman-Mica Road
  • Oct. 16-Oct. 19: Inland Construction, 1620 N. Mamer
  • Oct. 20 or Oct. 30: 8704 E. Bigelow Gulch Road
  • Nov. 16: Ashgrove Cement Co., 1312 N. Thierman
  • Dec. 5: Sunbeans Tanning and Espresso, 3117 N. Argonne Road
  • Dec. 14: B & B Towing, 5603 E. Broadway Ave.
  • Dec. 23: Transpro Industrial, 6519 E. Riverside Ave.
  • Dec. 25: Pohl Springs, 6415 E. Nixon
  • Feb. 28: East Valley School District, 18202 E. Euclid
  • March 2: Terex Utilities, 3020 N. Flora Road
  • March 3: General Dynamics, 12825 E. Mirabeau Parkway
  • March 9: Precision Electrical, 2205 N. Woodruff.
  • March 13: Barton Jeep, 10819 E. Sprague

Burglar hits preschool, Christian school

Police are looking for help identifying a burglar who stole electronics from two Spokane Valley schools in early July.

The thief ransacked the Valley Christian School, 10212 E. Ninth, and the Early Learning Center, 10304 E. Ninth, the first weekend of July.

Security video shows a man at Valley Christian School about 2:30 a.m. July 3 walking through hallways and trying to open doors and windows. An Ipod and a small amount of cash were stolen, along with three laptops from the Early Learning Center.

The burglar is a then white man who wore Carhartt-style overalls and a black sleeveless shirt. Anyone with information on him is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Barefoot Bandit’s tale turns to tricky legalities

SEATTLE — With Colton Harris-Moore locked up in a Bahamian jail, federal prosecutors in Seattle are compiling evidence of his alleged crimes on U.S. soil over the past two years, a process made even more difficult by the numerous jurisdictions claiming visits by the so-called “Barefoot Bandit.”

The number of federal and state charges that could be filed against the 19-year-old Camano Island man, let alone the amount or prison time he could face if convicted, is not yet clear. Once Harris-Moore is extradited to Seattle, a grand jury will review a case involving the theft of an airplane in Idaho — the sole federal charge filed against Harris-Moore — and additional charges could potentially be tacked on at that time, authorities said.

Over the past several weeks, Assistant U.S. Attorney Darwin Roberts has been in contact with police and prosecutors in states where Harris-Moore is suspected of committing crimes — a list that includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Wyoming and Nebraska — to find out how the prosecution should proceed, said Emily Langlie, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle. He is suspected of burglarizing dozens of homes, and stealing cars, boats and at least five airplanes during a run from the law that began with his 2008 escape from a Seattle-area halfway house.

Read the rest of the story by Seattle Times reporter Jennifer Sullivan by clicking the link below.

Past coverage:

July 12: Barefoot Bandit to face Bahamian judge

Feb. 11: Stolen plane, chalk drawn feet: Teen burglar back?

Oct. 7: Teen bandit becoming national sensation

Barefoot Bandit arrested on boat in Bahamas

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — The teenage “Barefoot Bandit” who allegedly stole cars, boats and airplanes to dodge U.S. law enforcement was nabbed today as he tried to make a water escape then brought handcuffed — and shoeless — to the capital, abruptly ending his two-year life on the lam.

Colton Harris-Moore was arrested before dawn in northern Eleuthera, said Sgt. Chrislyn Skippings, a spokeswoman for the Royal Bahamas Police Force. A contingent of high-ranking officers traveled to the island and took the suspect to Nassau, the country’s capital, where he faces possible extradition to the United States.

True to his nickname, the 19-year-old suspect was barefoot as he stepped off the plane. He kept his head down and ignored questions shouted by reporters.

Escorted by six police cars and SUVs, the teen had close-shorn hair and wore short camouflage cargo pants, a white long-sleeved shirt and a bulletproof vest. Police blocked traffic on the route to the Central Detective Unit where he was taken for processing. Island police had been searching for the wily fugitive since he allegedly crash-landed a stolen plane a week ago on nearby Great Abaco Island, where he was blamed for a string of at least seven break-ins.

Authorities caught Harris-Moore on Harbour Island, a small tourist destination just off mainland Eleuthera, police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade told a news conference.

Harris-Moore was carrying a handgun that he tried to throw away and shots were fired during a water chase, Greenslade said. He did not say who fired them.

“It was like something you might see in the movies,” Greenslade said.

Earlier Sunday, a police official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t allowed to discuss the case said Harris-Moore initially attempted to flee but police shot out the engine on his boat.

He added that the suspect was examined by a doctor and appeared to be in good health. He will be taken to court this week and arraigned on charges including theft and burglary in the Bahamas, the commissioner said, noting that these charges will take priority over those pending against him in the United States.

A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Nassau, Jeff Dubel, praised the “outstanding efforts” of the Bahamian authorities who captured the teen.

Read the rest of the AP story by clicking the link below.

Teen bandit may have stolen boat to escape

MARSH HARBOUR, Bahamas (AP) — A teen fugitive from Washington who has successfully eluded teams of local police and FBI agents may have slipped off the island where he allegedly crash-landed a stolen plane nearly a week ago, police said today.

Authorities are investigating a report that Colton Harris-Moore, dubbed the “Barefoot Bandit,” has fled Great Abaco Island and was spotted on Eleuthera, about 40 miles to the south, two police officials said.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment publicly on the search. Bahamian National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest declined to comment.

It was unclear how the 19-year-old fugitive might have escaped the island, but a powerboat was stolen in Marsh Harbour.

The 44-foot boat was reported missing Thursday from the marina on Great Abaco Island, said Harry Mountain, a regional manager for The Moorings hotel and marina resort in Marsh Harbour.

The teen already is accused in a federal complaint of stealing a small plane from the Boundary County Airport last fall.

Investigators have been searching the 120-mile-long, boomerang-shaped island for Harris-Moore since he allegedly crash-landed a stolen plane in a marsh at its southern tip Sunday.

Working with the FBI, island soldiers and police have also been patrolling ports and airports to cut off potential escape routes for the wily convict, accused of dozens of burglaries in the U.S.

The marina where the boat was stolen is next door to a restaurant, Curly Tails, where the teen was allegedly caught on surveillance footage during a break-in about 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Police were investigating at least six other burglaries stretching from the island’s southern point to Marsh Harbour, a town of about 5,500 people.

About a dozen boats are stolen from the area each year, mostly by drug traffickers who target those with powerful outboard engines, said boat renter Tim Roberts. The latest theft, however, involved a cruiser with an inboard engine — a boat resembling one which Harris-Moore allegedly stole while fleeing the law in the United States.

Harris-Moore, who grew up in the woods of Washington state’s Camano Island, has been on the run since escaping from a halfway house more than two years ago. The teen had several run-ins with police by the time he was 13 and is suspected of stealing cars, boats and at least five planes during his run, despite no formal flight training.

Harris-Moore earned the “Barefoot Bandit” nickname because he allegedly went shoeless for some of his crimes and once left behind chalk footprints as his calling card.

Barefoot Bandit linked to Bahamas break-ins

MARSH HARBOUR, Bahamas (AP) — A teenage fugitive from Washington with a celebrated history of escapes has allegedly committed several nighttime burglaries in the Bahamas, eluding an FBI-aided manhunt on the sliver of an island where he crash-landed a stolen plane.

Investigators pursuing Colton Harris-Moore were following a trail of break-ins from the southern tip of Great Abaco Island, where the 19-year-old convict ditched the plane Sunday, to the main town of Marsh Harbour 50 miles away where the teen was recognized on surveillance footage of a restaurant burglary.

The Bahamas caper of the teen dubbed as the “Barefoot Bandit” began when he guided the single-engine Cessna into clear blue, knee-deep waters at a sparsely populated corner of the sun-soaked island. He apparently followed a peninsula of land to the town of Sandy Point, and he was reportedly seen walking across a road around the time a service station was burglarized Sunday night.

His arrival coincided with an annual regatta that may make it easy for him to blend in among the crowds of visiting tourists. It also came just before the unsealing of a complaint in U.S. District Court that accuses him of stealing a plane from the Boundary County Airport last fall.

A Royal Bahamian Police Force bulletin warned that the 19-year-old should be considered “armed and dangerous.” The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for tips that lead to his capture.

Bar and restaurant owner Alistair McDonald said he was one of the thief’s latest victims.

McDonald said surveillance video captured the suspect inside his establishment in Great Abaco’s Marsh Harbour (pictured above) before dawn Tuesday. He said the teen at one point looked directly into a security camera, then shone a flashlight into it to blur the image and turned all three security cameras to face the wall.

“He seemed pretty relaxed and at ease,” McDonald said, adding he thinks the thief was looking for money or got spooked because he left without stealing anything, not even a bottle of water. He gave the tape to police.

Service station owner Dwight Pinder (right) said his shop on the southern tip of Great Abaco was burglarized Sunday night, shortly after the plane crash in a nearby marsh. The thief stole a Gatorade and two packets of potato chips, leaving a bundle of food and drinks on the counter — a sign he apparently left in a rush.

Pinder told The Associated Press that the thief was so skilled that he didn’t even scratch the lock he picked.

A nearby house was also burglarized, with the thief making off with a brown Chevrolet Tahoe that was later found abandoned in the town of Marsh Harbour.

Read the rest of the story by clicking the link below.

Robbery, threats, thefts tied to 4 juveniles

Four juveniles have been accused of a crime spree that includes allegations of burglary and death threats.

The spree began Sunday night with an armed robbery in the 2100 block of East 6th Avenue, followed by a burglary by the pool area in Liberty Park a few blocks away.

Two boys arrested at Liberty Park were identified as suspects in the robbery, and they led Spokane police to a third suspect.

A fourth juvenile was arrested for another commercial burglary. Interviews with the suspects revealed one was connected to two burglaries, the armed robbery and a malicious mischief case.

The boy also is accused of beating another boy and threatening him with a knife.

He’s also accused of going to the robbery victim’s house and threatening his family and sister “by stating he would stab them to death,” according to a news release.

olice recovered items stolen from two burglaries.

Has the Barefoot Bandit hit the Bahamas?

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Police were hunting across a tourist island Tuesday for signs of a pilot who vanished after wrecking a small plane in the Bahamas and investigators in the U.S. turned their suspicions toward an American teenager on the run dubbed “the Barefoot Bandit.”

The single-engine Cessna that crashed in shallow waters off Abaco island was apparently stolen from an airport in Bloomington, Indiana. By the time  rescuers arrived on Sunday, nobody was inside.

The 2009 Cessna 400 Corvalis was stolen over the weekend from the Monroe County Airport, the facility’s manager, Bruce Payton said. It was unclear how the thief got into the airport, which has a 10-foot security fence with barbed wire and coded access gates.

U.S. authorities said the heist has similarities to other thefts attributed to 19-year-old Colton Harris-Moore, a Washington state teenager who has no formal flight training, including the theft of a Cessna from the airport in Bonners Ferry last fall.

The teen got his nickname for allegedly committing crimes while shoeless. He is suspected of stealing cars and small airplanes to evade authorities since escaping from a halfway house near Seattle in 2008.

Payton said a detective with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department told him authorities had recovered a stolen vehicle about a half-mile from the Indiana airport and the “the details of the stolen vehicle seemed to fit that of the pattern known as the Barefoot Bandit.”

FBI Special Agent Steven Dean said surveillance video taken from the Monroe County Airport also indicates that Harris-Moore is responsible for the theft, according to KOMO-TV in Seattle.

An FBI statement posted on the web site of the U.S. Embassy in Nassau said Harris-Moore may have recent injuries and urged anyone who sees him to contact the nearest Bahamas police station. It said the FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

A team of detectives in this island chain off the Florida coast traveled from Nassau, the capital, on Tuesday to join the investigation and aid the search for the pilot in Abaco, police Sgt. Chrislyn Skippings said. She said authorities had not confirmed the plane was the same aircraft stolen from Indiana.

The plane was reported missing Sunday after the owner received a call from the U.S. Coast Guard that the emergency locator transmitter on the plane was sending out a beacon signal off the coast of the Bahamas, Payton said.

Meanwhile, Bahamas police received a report of a wrecked plane and requested assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard, which dispatched a Falcon jet from Miami to fly over the area. The jet did not find any sign of bodies, said Petty officer Sabrina Elgammal, a Coast Guard spokeswoman in Miami.

Last week, police in Nebraska issued a warrant for his arrest, and police in South Dakota confirmed his fingerprints were found at a burglary scene.

Past coverage:

June 22: Has the Barefoot Bandit hit the Midwest?

June 3: $50,000 for Barefoot Bandit’s surrender

Feb. 11: Stolen plane, chalk drawn feet: Teen burglar back?

Oct. 7: Teen bandit becoming national sensation

Prints link Barefoot Bandit to South Dakota

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — Fingerprints found at the scene of a Yankton burglary match those of the “Barefoot Bandit,” South Dakota authorities confirm. 

Yankton assistant police chief Jerry Hisek says he was notified today that state Division of Criminal Investigation found three of 19-year-old Colton Harris-Moore’s fingerprints at the scene of a June 18 break-in.

The teen (pictured) had already been named a suspect. Harris-Moore, of Camano Island, Wash., has evaded authorities since April 2008, when he escaped from a halfway house south of Seattle.

He is accused of breaking into dozens of homes since and committing burglaries across the region and into the Midwest, including the theft of a small airplane from the Boundary County Airport.

Police in Nebraska issued a warrant for Harris-Moore’s arrest this week.

Past coverage

June 22: Has the Barefoot Bandit hit the Midwest?

June 3: $50,000 for Barefoot Bandit’s surrender

Feb. 11: Stolen plane, chalk drawn feet: Teen burglar back?

Oct. 7: Teen bandit becoming national sensation

Men admit to kidnapping, assaulting burglar

Two men who kidnapped and assaulted a burglary suspect will serve time for the crime.

Jesse T.R. Bushnell, 19, (right) was sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty Friday to second-degree kidnapping and second-degree attempted assault.

Chaz P. Crow , 21, was sentenced earlier that week to a year and 10 days in jail for the same charges; he’ll be credited for time served. Crow’s sentence was a few days longer than prosecutors recommended - Judge Jerome Leveque said he deserved it.

Crow and Bushnell were arrested in April after an attack on a suspected burglar who reportedly bought marijuana from Crow and was caught leaving Crow’s apartment with a rifle and a half-ounce of pot, according to court records.

The men dragged the burglar from his apartment hours later and beat him until he told them where to find some of the items. They kidnapped him again later that night and demanded the stolen marijuana.

Firefighters found the victim walking near the Palouse Highway and Valley Chapel Road with a broken nose, concussion and wounds “all about his head and body,” according to court documents prepared by Spokane police.

Charges against a 17-year-old boy arrested with Crow and Bushnell have been dismissed.

Past coverage:

Police: Pot dealer tortured burglary suspect

Spokane duo arraigned in vintage car heist

Two convicted felons accused of a burglary in which an antique Ford car was stolen pleaded not guilty this week in Spokane County Superior Court.

The suspects, Susan Burke, 48, and Shane P. Venziano, 34, (pictured in 2006) were arrested June 7 after police found them inside a home at 2615 W. Dean. A neighbor had called to report a black 1954 Ford car missing from the garage.

“It hasn’t been driven since 1975,” said owner Benjamin L. Franklin, 59, who doesn’t live at the home. Franklin’s grandfather bought the car new in 1954. “It’s something I remember riding in when I was 5 years old.” 

Police connected the heist to a Spokane tow shop owner after Burke said the car had been stolen by her daughter and a man named Richard who owns tow shop. 

“They came prepared,” Franklin said. “They took it on a flat-bed truck.”

Police identified the man as Richard D. Ziesmer, who owns Pacific Towing, 4028 E. Central, and has talked to police on several occasions, according to court documents.

Detectives found the truck at Ziesmer’s shop.

“Ziesmer admitted that he bought the vehicle knowing that it was likely stolen,” according to court documents. “Ziesmer could not say who he bought it from.”

Ziesmer did not return a phone call seeking comment.

The antique car sustained damage on the front fender and driver door during the theft, Franklin said. Franklin got the car back after three days and plans to restore it and drive it again.

Venziano, who police say was arrested with a vintage White Chief tape measure and gold spoon stolen from the home, and Burke pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one count of residential burglary each and are out of jail on bond.

Both are convicted felons, including a manslaughter conviction against Venziano for the 2000 death of 17-year-old Carlosse Brown. Venziano was sentenced to 100 months in prison.

Ziesmer, 46, was arrested June 10 and left jail on $5,000 bond June 14. He was to be arraigned Tuesday on charges of second-degree burglary, theft of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle, but no charges have been filed.

Ziesmer was involved in a dispute over a car trade last fall that police say ended with 28-year-old Merle W. Harvey shooting Jacob J. Potter and Jack Lamere to death in September.

Ziesmer worked with Lamere and told The Spokesman-Review that Harvey had left him a voice message threatening him and Lamere over a trade involving a Blazer and Cadillac. He offered a $1,500 reward for Harvey’s capture.

Tips sought on 3 Spokane Valley burglaries

Police are looking for tips on recent burglaries at two Spokane Valley child care centers and a coffee stand.

Someone stole a Dell laptop computer from Kindercare, 422 N. Mullan Road, between 6:30 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Monday.

About that same time, someone stole an HP Compaq laptop and two Dell laptops from Early Learning Center at 10304 E. Ninth Avenue.

Earlier, McVay Brothers, 11420 E. Montgomery, was burglarized between 5 p.m. June 11 and 6 a.m. June 14 when someone used a rock to smash out a window, the stole a 37-inch TV, a computer monitor and a Direct TV receiver box.

Police do not know if the burglaries are related.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

2 Valley teens accused of home burglary

Two teenagers were arrested Saturday after a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy said he saw them walking away from a burglarized Spokane Valley home.

The boys, ages 16 and 15, were found with two gold rings each that had been stolen from the home in the 2400 block of South Windsor. The 15-year-old had a stun gun; the 16-year-old had a folding knife, according to police.

A deputy spotted the boys after responding to a burglary alarm. The boys said they were hanging out at Central Valley High School, where they are students, and walked to the home and stole the jewelry, then climbed a fence when an alarm sounded, police said.

A girl who lives at the home said she knew the boys and had told them her family would be away that night. The boys were booked in Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center on residential burglary charges.

Cop leaving work bags burglary suspect

A teenager was arrested Thursday after a police detective leaving work spotted him prowling a business near the Spokane Valley police precinct on East Sprague, then found a burglary victim’s bank cards and driver’s license in his back pack.

Tyler J. Keiper, 19, is accused of stealing the items from a garbage in the 12800 block of East Fourth Avenue.

Valley police Detective-Cpl. Jeff Welton called the woman after confronting Keiper and searching his backpack, and they determined the burglar had moved a car blocking the garage, then moved the woman’s Harley Davidson motorcycle outside. The burglar then ransacked boxes, stealing the bank cards, identification and jewelry, according to a news release.

Keiper gave the jewelry to his mother, police said, “telling her not to worry about where it came from.”

At Welton’s request, the mother drove to the scene and returned the bag of jewelry,” according to a news release.

Keiper was booked into jail on charges of second-degree burglary, attempted theft of a motor vehicle and three counts of second-degree theft.

He already was wanted on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance, according to Crime Stoppers. He’s due in Superior Court today.

26 felonies against trio of burglary suspects

What a difference an arrest makes.

Hours after a man already suspected in a string of burglaries last fall was arrested in a new break-in, prosecutors filed felony charges recommended by detectives in April.

Michael L. Yamaguchi, 29, and Stephen Victor, 19, appeared in Superiro Court today on 26 charges related to eight burglaries at gas stations and convenience stores on Nov. 21, Dec. 11 and Feb. 1.

The men were arrested in February with Samantha A. Wynne, 20, who also is charged. Detectives finished the investigation April 1. They’d searched apartments and found video games system and a flat-screen TV that Victor reportedly said he’d bought with the stolen cash.

Wynne reportedly admitted to babysitting Yamaguchi’s son during the burglaries and said the three split the proceeds. Yamaguchi said he sold the stolen cigarettes for $3 a pack or $30 a carton, according to court documents.

Yamaguchi was arrested Wednesday in another burglary at Hico Mart, 1201 North Barker Road. Charges were field for the burglaries that day.

He, Victor and Wynne are charged with burglary, theft and malicious mischief for each break-in, as well as theft of a motor vehicle.

Detectives say the trio made spare keys while test driving vehicles, then returned at night to steal the cars.

Here’s a list of the alleged crimes:

  • Nov. 21, burglary at Conoco, 3333 W. Indian Road
  • Dec. 11, burglaries at Divines, 10222 N. Division and 1428 W. 2nd; Quick Stop, 2508 Northwest Blvd.; Tesoro, 3158 E. 17th
  • Jan. 30 or Feb 1: Car thefts at Haven Street Motors, BJ’s Used Cars and Neighborhood Auto.
  • Feb. 1: burglaries at Shell, 1520 N. Argonne and 1007 N. Sullivan, and Taco Bell, 10620 E. Sprague. Jan. 30 or Feb 1: Car thefts at Haven Street Motors, BJ’s Used Cars and Neighborhood Auto.

Reward offered for tips on stabbing suspect

A man accused of stabbing another man in what police believe may have been retaliation for an earlier fight is wanted by Crime Stoppers.

The organization is offering a reward for tips that help arrest Jacob M. Maravilla, 20.

Maravilla (right) is wanted on several charges, including first-degree assault, in connection with a Feb. 10 attack at 907 E. Wabash. A resident, Michael P. Dennis, suffered a non-lief threatening stab wound to his back.

Oscar Rodriguez, 24, was arrested last week and remains in jail. Another suspect, Richelle R. Swinkels, 20, was arraigned in Superior Court Wednesday and was given an August trial date. A warrant has been issued for a fourth suspect, Meghan L. Jeske, 21, after she did not show up for her arraignment yesterday.

Witnesses said Rodriguez punched one victim, and woman struck him with a hammer. Maravilla was identified was Dennis' attacker, according to the court documents.

Maravilla was arrested the next week on charges of first-degree burglary and second-degree assault, but the investigation was ongoing and charges weren't filed until May 10. A warrant was issued May 13.

Maravilla, whose moniker is Baby Joker, is considered a gang associate and repeat offender.

He has convictions for driving on a suspended license, possession of a dangerous weapon and possession of a stolen vehicle and last gave 1508 E. Hartson in Spokane as his home address.

Past coverage:

May 21: Suspects named in retaliatory Feb. stabbing

Repeat offender busted at pawn shop

A burglary suspect arrested after reaching 100 mph during a freeway chase two weeks ago but later released from jail is back behind bars after police say he tried pawning stolen guns.

Allen S. Easley (right), 23 and considered one of Spokane top 10 repeat offenders, was picked up Tuesday at Pawn One, 3705 N. Market, along with Brittnei J. Fawver, 19 (left).

Easley’s current stay at the Spokane County Jail is his fourth since mid-April.

“This is a chronic pattern of crime sprees committed by prolific repeat offenders who continue plague our community,” said Officer Jennifer DeRuwe in a news release. 

Easley was arrested earlier this year on car theft and drug charges but spent little time in jail, documents show. He left jail after appearing in Superior Court on car theft and drug charges but was back by the end of April, however, after a suspected check forger told police it was Easley who stole the check during a burglary at a car dealership.

During questioning in connection with that case, Easley reportedly admitted to another burglary and told police of a woman who has equipment to make bogus checks using legitimate bank account numbers stolen from bills left in mail boxes, according to court documents. Easley appeared in court May 3 but left jail shortly after, and prosecutors have not yet filed burglary charges.

Police arrested the woman accused of making checks, Kristina Fricke, as well as Easley’s girlfriend, Randi Shepherd, April 30 in connection with the burglary investigation, but neither has been charged.

Also arrested was 36-year-old Kimberly L. Fawver (right), on charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, forgery and identify theft. She was arraigned on Tuesday and remains in jail.

Easley said he used Kimberly Fawver’s car to commit at least one of the burglaries, according to court documents. It’s unclear if Brittnei and Kimberly Fawver are related.

Easley returned to jail after a high-speed police chase May 9. He posted $20,000 bail May 14 but remains behind bars after appearing in Superior Court today on new charges.

Police believe Easley and Britteni Fawver may be responsible for other thefts in Spokane and released their mug shots Wednesday in hopes alleged victims will file reports with Crime Check, (509) 456-2233.

Easley has a swastika tattooed on the back of his head, police said.

Suspect in burglary ring arrested for burglary

A man suspected in a string of burglaries in February is back in jail after police say he broke into a convenience store then fled officers early today.

Michael L. Yamaguchi, 29, and Cullen J. Snodgrass-Gibson, 30, were arrested after a chase with Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake police. A delivery driver followed the suspects after he spotted a white van parked in front of Hico Mart, 1201 North Barker Road.

Snodgrass-Gibson jumped out of a passenger’s seat before Yamaguchi blew a tire and crashed the van in Liberty Lake, according to police. Spokane police officer Paul Gorman and his K-9 Maximus tracked Yamaguchi to a nearby housing area.

The van will be searched later today. Police said a cash drawer and spilled coin rolls are inside. Stolen from the Hico were cigarettes, coins and a small amount of cash.

Yamaguchi was arrested in February after burglaries at two gas stations in a Taco Bell.

Police believe Yamaguchi, Stephen Victor, 19, and Samantha Winne, 19, are responsible for a string of break-ins that began in November. Detectives say the trio made spare keys while test driving vehicles, then returned at night to steal the cars. The cars were then allegedly used in store burglaries.

Detectives sent an investigation to Spokane County prosecutors in April that recommends 30 felony charges, but no charges have been filed.

Yamaguchi and Snodgrass-Gibson are due in Superior Court this afternoon on burglary charges. Yamaguchi also faces a charge of attempting to elude police.

Spokane man walks free from robbery case

A man charged in a home invasion robbery last fall walked out of court a free man today after pleading guilty to riot.

Maurice D. Lofton, 29, pleaded guilty to the felony in a plea agreement reached after Deputy Prosecutor Larry Haskell said the victims failed to identify Lofton in a police lineup.

Lofton was sentenced to 14 days in jail and credited for 14 already served.

The deal dismissed two burglary charges, three counts of kidnapping, one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, and four counts of first-degree robbery related to an Oct. 8 invasion at a home in the 500 block of East Garland Avenue.

Haskell said several people were in the home when a man came to the door asking to use the phone, then was followed inside by several gunmen who stole marijuana and other valuables. Police used a GPS in a stolen cell phone to track down Lofton about 30 minutes later, who they say tried to dispose of the pot and stolen cell phones.

“I was just at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Lofton told Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno. “I was messing around with the wrong friends.”

Lofton said he had moved to Spokane from Detroit “to change my life.”

“Yet here you are,” Moreno said. “I think you got pretty lucky this time. And next time, you are looking at a lot of prison time.”

Suspects named in retaliatory Feb. stabbing

Four suspects were named recently in a February stabbing that police believe may have been retaliation for an earlier fight.

Oscar T. Rodriguez, 24, was arrested Tuesday on eight assault and burglary charges connected to a Feb. 10 attack that left Michael P. Dennis with a stab wound in the left side of his back.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Jacob M. Maravilla, 20. Two other suspects, Meghan L. Jeske, 21; and Richelle R. Swinkels, 20, have been summoned.

The four are accused of an early-morning break-in and assault at 907 E. Wabash Feb. 10.
Dennis' brother, Andrew Heatwole, told police he and friends were drinking and playing dice when several people pulled up in three cars and confronted him outside the home.

A man Heatwole identified as Rodriguez punched him in the face as the group entered the home, and a woman struck him with a hammer, according to court documents.

The other man said "something to the effect of, 'you messed with my homegirl Dawn!'" - reportedly in reference to an earlier assault at the home.

Dennis was sleeping when the group burst in but awoke and confronted them. He was stabbed in the back and treated at a hospital for a non-life threatening injury.

Maravilla and Swinkels were arrested the next week, but charges weren't filed until May 10.

Court documents show detectives were tipped on Feb. 24 that Rodriguez may have been involved. Swinkels then came forward and provided the knife police say was used in the stabbing. Dennis later picked Rodriguez and Maravilla out of a phone lineup.

A suspect arrested the day of the attack, 39-year-old Preston R. Tensley, has not been charged. Witnesses first identified Tensley as one of the attackers but then identified Rodriguez in his place.

Man who hit 100 on I-90 is burglary suspect

A 23-year-old Spokane man arrested after he reached 100 mph during a police chase on Interstate 90 is a suspect in two burglaries that occurred about a week before the chase.

Allen S. Easley appeared in court on May 3 on charges of forgery and two counts of second-degree burglary after a suspected check forger told Spokane police that Easley stole the check from Alfonso Motors, 3206 N. Division, according to court documents.

A suspected accomplice, 36-year-old Kimberly L. Fawver, appeared in court today on possession of a stolen motor vehicle, forgery and identify theft charges.

Easley reportedly told police that he used Fawver’s car during a second burglary in the 600 block of W. Kiernan. Easley also told police that Kristina Fricke has equipment to make checks using account numbers stolen from mail boxes, according to court documents.

Detectives arrested Fricke and Easley’s girlfriend, Randi Shepherd, April 30.

All three left jail but Easley quickly returned after allegedly fleeing a police officer who tried pulling him over for driving reckless in a stolen vehicle May 9. Easley was arrested after spike strip flattened a tire.

He’s already out of jail. It was his third stint in a month - he was arrested around April 12 on charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of a  controlled substance.

Oxy addict, mom tied to church burglaries

A series of church burglaries busted by police last week apparently began four months ago when a young man stole a purse from a Mormon church with his mother.

The suspect, Andy W. Hoke, 24, told police he used stolen credit cards to buy expensive electronics that he would then trade to a man he knew as “Stevie D” for OxyContin. Police identified that man as 50-year-old Steven D. Kinard, brother of Terrence “T-Baby” Kinard.

Hoke said Stevie Kinard gave him lists of items, including computers, video games and kitchen equipment, to locate each day in exchange for OxyContin.

Hoke told police he uses up to ten 80 mg OxyContin pills a day, valued at up to $800. Hoke also reportedly told police he traded stolen property to a man named Daniel I. Heinzen, 23.

Police searched two locations associated with Kinard last week - 16 S. Fiske St and 2503 E. Seventh Ave. (The Seventh Avenue home is where a judge was to allow T-Baby to spend Thanksgiving during a during a five-hour jail furlough.) Heinzen’s home at 1016 E. Montgomery also was searched.

At the Fiske address, deputies arrested Raymond E. Coble, 45, on a felony warrant from the Department of Corrections, along with Kinard on a charge of possession of crack cocaine.

“We recovered multiple TVs, computers and gaming equipment. We also found narcotics, including OxyContin, crack cocaine and methamphetamines,” said Spokane County sheriff’s Detective Kirk Keyser.

The thefts occurred at 18 churches in Spokane County, 12 in Spokane and several more in North Idaho.

“Hoke further admitted that he had done several church thefts with his mother until the last month or so when he began doing them on his own,” according to a search warrant.

The scheme fell apart when employees at Mt. Spokane Church called police May 5 and said they’d caught Hoke in the church and believed he was planing a theft. Hoke’s brother, Jeremiah L. Hoke, 26, was with him.

Andy Hoke, who remains in jail, has an eight-year local criminal history that includes convictions for burglary, trafficking stolen property, theft, obstructing a police investigation, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license. according to Crime Stopppers.

He, Kinard and Heinzen are to be arraigned May 18.

Rare rifle helps catch Boundary Co. burglar

A 21-year-old North Idaho man will spend at least two years in prison for ransacking a Boundary County vacation home last fall.

Cory S. Eccles, of Eastport, threw a 5-pound rock through the window of a vacant cabin on Deep Creek Loop in November and took several items.

Police traced the burglary to Eccles after he attempted to sell a rare Winchester rifle stolen from the home.

After rejecting a plea deal, Eccles changed his mind and pleaded guilty to burglary April 26, just before his trial was to begin in Boundary County District Court.

Judge Benjamin Simpson sentenced Eccles to two to five years in prison for burglary, theft and unlawful possession of a firearm. A charge of malicious injury to property was dismissed.

Prosecutor Jack Douglas said Eccles, whose criminal history dates back to 2005, was disciplined in jail after his arrest for trying to make alcohol from fruit juice.