Stories tagged: property crime
UPDATED: Wed., March 15, 2017, 10:57 a.m.
Spokane creates new vehicle trespass law designed to curb auto theft
The misdemeanor will net jail time and fines for offenders, while the Washington State Supreme Court is scheduled to weigh in later this spring whether the state’s trespassing law includes …
UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 10:56 p.m.
Spokane considers new misdemeanor penalty to combat car theft
Under a new law, entering or staying in a car that isn’t yours would be a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail or a $1,000 fine. The …
Sun., Jan. 1, 2017, 5:45 a.m.
What we want in 2017: Compassion, good eats, clear streets and more trees
Once again, we asked people in our community what they’d like to see happen in the new year. Their answers ranged from the specific, like increasing funding for programs assisting …
Wed., Dec. 14, 2016, 2:40 p.m.
Spokane police: Don’t walk away from cars while waiting for them to warm up
The Spokane Police Department is urging drivers not to leave their vehicles unattended while warming them up in the cold of winter.
Tue., June 7, 2016, 5:16 p.m.
Caught in the act, alleged thief released without bond
A thief caught in the act last week by Sheriff’s deputies has been released from jail without bond, which has investigators feeling frustrated.
Sat., April 2, 2016, 5:44 a.m.
Unexpected cash infusion helps Spokane fight auto theft, property crime
Spokane law enforcement got a $300,000 surprise in 2016 state budget, money to fight property crimes.
Wed., Dec. 9, 2015, 5:33 p.m.
Man faces charge in alleged power generator theft following windstorm
A 22-year-old Spokane man faces a charge of possessing stolen property after police found a power generator mailed to a South Hill resident in his backseat after last month’s windstorm. …
Sun., Aug. 2, 2015, midnight
Spokane’s online bike registry pays first dividend
For the first time, Spokane’s online bicycle registry has been used to reunite a bike with its owner. An employee at Manito Park found a bike Monday and contacted the …
Sun., May 24, 2015, midnight
Jim Kershner’s this day in history
From our archives, 100 years ago “Dear Mr. Burglar” was the headline on a large ad taken out by Frank T. Bailey. It consisted of a letter to the unidentified …
Fri., May 22, 2015, midnight
Online registry should help police return stolen bicycles to owners
Since bikes were invented, bikes have been stolen. Returning bicycles to their rightful owners may get a bit easier in Spokane, thanks to a new online tool the city unveiled …
Fri., Aug. 8, 2014, midnight
Pawn shop owners help retrieve stolen saxophone
When Washington State University senior Rachel Murphy got a phone call from police last week, she’d almost lost hope. A Spokane officer told the music performance major that her tenor …
Wed., July 30, 2014, midnight
Spokane police combating car theft with Club lock giveaways
Spokane police have given away about a hundred steering wheel locks to drivers who own the most-stolen cars in a city notorious for auto theft. The program has been “extremely …
Thu., June 19, 2014, midnight
Police department targets chronic offenders for program
Some criminals are so habitual that Spokane County judges recognize them when they first appear in court after their arrest. In an effort to stop the spinning of what some …
Wed., March 19, 2014, 5:50 p.m.
Deputies arrest two in suspected vehicle prowling ring
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office made two arrests and served two search warrants Wednesday in a bid to break up a vehicle prowling ring active in Spokane and Kootenai counties.
Wed., Feb. 19, 2014, midnight
Copper thieves hit health center, construction site, businesses
It’s not the amount of copper taken in a theft at the NATIVE Project building last week or the loss of one of the building’s heat sources that have Executive …
Mon., Jan. 27, 2014, 11:27 a.m.
Woman arrested with help from iPhone app strikes officer
Laci Anthony was arrested last month after a GPS-enabled application on alleged stolen Apple devices showed the victims her location. She’s back in jail Monday after police say she sped …
Sat., Sept. 7, 2013, midnight
Many businesses unaware of changes in item-tracking law
A state law requiring pawnshops to file daily police reports listing the items they’ve bought or taken on loan has expanded to include secondhand clothing stores and antique dealers. But …
Tue., July 30, 2013, 11:57 a.m.
Police search for suspect in West Central burglary
Spokane police are searching for a man in connection to a West Central burglary Tuesday morning.
Mon., July 15, 2013, midnight
CopDots help keep tabs on property
For a city recently ranked fourth in the nation for car thefts, calling property crime a hot-button issue might be an understatement. Brent McLaws’ technology company, with its U.S. headquarters …
Sun., June 23, 2013, midnight
Collaboration lets officers take location-based approach
Every Tuesday morning, before the Public Safety Building is open for business, 20-some law enforcement officers and city personnel gather in the police chief’s conference room to look at maps. …
Wed., June 19, 2013, midnight
Valley man subdues intruder at gunpoint
The trespasser was bent over, rummaging through a barrel of scrap material at a Spokane Valley residence Tuesday, when he looked up into the barrel of a 12-gauge shotgun. The …
Sat., June 15, 2013, midnight
Stolen property investigation nets police chief’s bike
It was a bad day for Andrew J. Koffel. Police were investigating a possible theft ring operating from a motel room in west Spokane on May 27 when officers spotted …
Fri., May 31, 2013, 11:18 a.m.
Police arrest burglary suspect with 38 felony convictions
Spokane Police arrested 38-time convicted felon Fred W. Nolan on Thursday on suspicion he burglarized a mail room.
Fri., May 17, 2013, 11:57 a.m.
Police Chief Straub’s home burglarized
Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub’s home was burglarized and a bicycle was stolen.
Thu., May 2, 2013, midnight
Veteran chases down, detains burglary suspect
As concealed weapons permit holders, Jared and Heather Martin regularly talk to their 12-year-old daughter about gun safety and responsibility. They have already started using Tuesday morning as their prime …
Wed., April 10, 2013, midnight
Horse whipped in theft at ranch
When Carrie Aenk realized thieves had stolen almost $10,000 in equipment from her Springdale, Wash., horse rescue operation, she was angry. When she realized they had also beaten one of …
Thu., April 4, 2013, midnight
Agencies plan to crack down on property crime
Law enforcement officers in Spokane and Kootenai counties announced plans to crack down on property crimes following a series of confrontations involving homeowners firing gunshots at suspected criminals. Top lawmen …
Thu., April 4, 2013, midnight
Grandmother detains intruder at gunpoint
Sandra Mize has a motto: “You don’t get do-overs.” That’s why the 63-year-old grandmother of 10 keeps a gun by her bed, a canister of mace in her living room, …
UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2013, 2:01 p.m.
Widowed grandmother detains intruder at gunpoint
A widowed grandmother who was awoken by someone kicking in her back door held the intruder at gunpoint until police arrived at her North Spokane home early Wednesday morning.
Sat., March 30, 2013, midnight
Crime unit claims disputed
Spokane police Chief Frank Straub said Friday that the disbanding of the department’s property crimes unit in 2011 is an “urban legend” perpetrated by former administrators looking to boost funding …