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Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to the arrest of an ex-car salesman accused of ripping off his former place of employment.
Jeremy M. Frechette, 37, was to buy a 1999 Dodge Durango from TCS Auto Wholesale, 2915 E. Sprague Ave., for $2,985, but employees say he only made two $300 payments.
Police believe Frechette, who worked as a sales manager, forged a dealership employee's signature and sold the Durango to a woman for $1,000 last March.
Prosecutors filed charges of second-degree identity theft and making false statement on certificate of ownership on Feb. 2.
A $20,000 warrant was issued for Frechette's arrest after he didn't show up for an arraignment on Feb. 16.
Frechette, 6-foot-1 and 230 pounds, last gave ha home address in the 7900 block of East Valleyway Avenue in Spokane Valley.
Anyone with information on his current location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.
I'm still trying to get caught up from yesterday and wanted to post some links to news items in yesterday's paper in case you missed them. Police say a theft ring has been targeting vacant homes for sale in Spokane Valley and stealing kitchen appliances. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for anyone who provides information that results in arrests. Call (800) 222-TIPS or click here. Reporter Meghann Cuniff has more details on her Sirens & Gavels blog.
Meghann also had a story on Terence M. Washington, who police say is suspected of drugging a woman and impersonating a police officer. Police are searching for more women who may have been drugged by Washington. Anyone who had contact with him should call Det. Kirk Keyser at (509) 477-3786. There's also a mug shot of Washington here.
PASCO, Wash. (AP) — A suspected teen burglar in Pasco took on the wrong opponent in a foot chase.
Kim Robison didn't stop to think when her sister pointed at an intruder wearing a black, hooded jacket jumping from the second floor of her home and fleeing down the sidewalk Monday. Instead, the 29-year-old mother of two just ran after him.
Robison has run a couple of half-marathons, she said, "but I'd always lost my momentum in the winter."
Not this year. She set a goal this winter of running 1,000 miles, which means she has to run about 19 miles each week.
"If he hadn't had a little jump on me, I think I would've caught up with him," she said.
Robison ran four miles Monday morning, then went to lunch with her sister and their young children, only to return home for a coupon.
Robison went through the garage to get into the house, but froze when she discovered shards of glass on the laundry room floor. She backed out of the garage, hollering at her sister to corral the kids in the car.
"I asked her, 'Should I go inside?'" Robison said. "She told me, 'No, call your husband.'"
But Robison couldn't resist taking a peek through a window on the other corner of the house first.
As she came back around toward the garage, her sister yelled, "There he is!"
An intruder had broken out a screen from the second-floor window, jumped off the roof and was now darting down the sidewalk. When Robison first saw him, he was about four houses away.
She took off after the suspect.
"I was running after him like a crazy woman," she said, laughing. "I was yelling at him, 'I see you! I'm going to get you!'"
Robison ended the chase when the intruder turned away from the neighborhood street onto a secluded path, then stopped to dial 911 as her sister had done minutes earlier. She told the emergency dispatcher the suspect's location, and police made an arrest while she was still on the phone.
Police have not identified the suspect, who is a minor.
As the adrenaline was wearing off Monday afternoon, Robison said she surprised herself during and after the chase.
"I thought I'd be scared or maybe cry," she said. "But I'm proud that I defended my home."
Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com
A fourth suspect has been charged in a series of convenience stores robberies.
Donald M. Lindquist, 21, is to be arraigned next week on two counts of second-degree robbery and two counts of conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery. He is not in custody.
Three other suspects, Sean T. Smith, 23; Vanessa E. Orr, 23; and Aaron L. Goldstein, 18, are in jail. Lindquist is Orr's brother.
Orr told police that Lindquist owns the vehicle used in five robberies committed between Nov. 28 and Dec. 6. He was a passenger in car during robberies at Sam’s Stop and Shop on Nov. 28 and the McQuick Mart on Dec. 5, she said.
Orr said she and Lindquist "would get cigarettes, food, methamphetamine, shelter and gas money when needed from the proceeds of the robberies," according to court documents.
Goldstein admitted participating in six robberies to Spokane County sheriff's Detective Mike Ricketts when he was arrested in December, documents say.
Goldstein was allowed to leave jail for drug rehabilitation but returned after ditching the center and invoking an arrest warrant and Crime Stoppers fugitive reward.
Real estate agents are being targeted in a theft ring that preys upon vacant, for-sale homes.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help solve 23 burglaries in Spokane Valley in which kitchen appliances were stolen from vacant homes.
Police say the thief first steals the real estate lock box from the front door of the vacant homes that contains the key, then returns with a truck to steal ovens, stoves and refrigerators.
"The boxes are designed to be difficult to break open, so the thief does that elsewhere," according to a Crime Stoppers news release.
Anyone with information on the burglaries is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to the arrest of those responsible for vandalizing a Coeur d'Alene taco stand.
The owner of Tacos Los Panchos in Coeur d'Alene discovered the trailer's power line, propane line and heater line severed when he arrived for work about 8:30 a.m. Feb. 11.
The taco stand also was burglarized Dec. 6, some time after 6:30 p.m. Someone pried open the trailer's main door and stole cash, laptop computer, an MP3 player and DVD player.
Anyone with information on the crimes is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (208) 667-2111 or 1-800-222-TIPS. Tipsters do not have to use their name to collect a reward.
The stand also has recently been picketed by white supremacists.
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's bicycling mayor has had some explaining to do — to his wife about why her bike got swiped after he borrowed it to ride to work.
Seattlepi.com says Mayor Mike McGinn sent a message on Twitter late Wednesday about Peggy Lynch's wheels.
He says in a tweet: "I know I've been encouraging people to ride bikes more, but I didn't mean u could 'borrow' my wife's bike w/o asking."
McGinn, a former Sierra Club leader, frequently commutes by bike and often rides to events and meetings. He's a strong advocate of making Seattle more friendly to cycles and pedestrians.
McGinn's spokesman says the mayor borrowed his wife's bike because he recently donated his own to a charity. It was taken from a city garage.
Two Spokane women who stole mail to help fuel their methamphetamine addictions are to repay nearly $50,000 and spend about four years in federal prison.
Jacquelyn A. Crawford, 40, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Edward Shea to 53 months in prison after pleading guilty in October to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Charlene M. Haggard, 43, received 48 months for the same charges.
Both will be on probation for three years and are prohibited from accruing debt, opening checking accounts or obtaining bank cards without a probation officer's approval. They also are to repay nearly $47,375.16 for counterfeit checks they passed at area businesses.
Haggard and Crawford gathered materials for fake checks by ransacking rural mail boxes and prowling cars from February until April, when investigators searched Haggard's home at 5904 N. Regal St. and Crawford's room at the Apple Tree Inn, 9508 N. Division Street.
Crawford said she was "kind of relieved" when she was taken into custody, investigators said.
"She just began injecting methamphetamine, so in a way she was thankful she was caught," Spokane County Sheriff's Office Detective Dean Meyer said in May. Crawford, a mother of three, completed in-patient rehabilitation and was allowed to stay with her mother in Spanaway pending sentencing. Haggard remains in the Spokane County Jail awaiting transport to prison.
A man charged with the theft and arson of his former landlord's house is on trial in Spokane County Superior Court.
Lawyers gave opening statements this morning in the case of Stephen J. Czako, who is charged with first-degree theft and first-degree arson.
Czako, 26, said he was buying the home at 4621 N. Post St. from Joanne Tucker; Tucker (pictured) says he forged her signature. Investigators believe Czako set the home on fire in October 2008.
The case took months for fire and police to investigate and hinges on the authenticity of documents and handwriting samples.
The trial before Judge Tari Eitzen is expected to last into next week.
Steve Garvin is prosecuting the case. Stephen Czako is represented by Chris Phelps. His sister, Shannon Czako, is to stand trial next month on charges attempted first-degree theft and official misconduct for allegedly using a notary on a document she knew was forged.
It took three tries, but a Spokane County jury has convicted Gary D. McCabe of his 17th burglary.
A jury late Friday found McCabe, 45, guilty of residential burglary and possession of a controlled substance.
They acquitted him on one misdemeanor count of possession of stolen property. McCabe was convicted of stealing more than $25,000 worth of rare gold and silver coins from a man who began his collection in 1960.
McCabe, who recently was sentenced to seven years in prison for an earlier burglary, faces a similar sentence when he is sentenced on March 8 before Superior Court Judge Jerome Leveque.
Two previous trials ended in mistrial, including when a juror deduced — correctly — that McCabe burglarized her home last August and a potential juror said he'd transported McCabe as a corrections officer.
Past coverage: Oct. 12: Burglar stole more than gold
OK, maybe the headline is a bit of an exaggeration.
Two burglary suspects were arrested Monday after one invited police to search his apartment and they found a stolen TV.
Jarrod J. Howard, 29, assured Spokane Valley police Officer Chan Erdman he wouldn't find anything in his apartment at 10101 E. Main Ave. when Erdman arrived to investigate a burglary at a neighbor's apartment.
Erdman found the TV under a blanket on a bed.
A witness had called police after spotting Howard and another man stealing from the apartment. Police also found stolen knives and X-Box games.
Howard was booked into jail on a burglary charge with suspected accomplice Justin Spenser Johns, 25.
A suspected gas thief tipped off police by discarding her mail in the station trashcan and leaving her identification card with an employee.
Spokane Valley police tracked Lacey Nicole Trottier, 21, to her apartment in the 1800 block of North Hutchinson Road by checking the discarded mail.
She's suspected of stealing $60 in fuel from the Cenex Station, 15504 E. Fourth Ave., on Monday. When police arrived, the station employee said the same driver left her identification card behind while stealing $75 in fuel on Jan. 29.
Cpl. Darin Staley arrested Trottier on two new charges of second-degree theft, as well as driving with license suspended and possession of methamphetamine for a small quantity of meth found in her purse, according to a news release.
Trottier also was booked on a warrant for a 2009 second-degree theft case in which she's accused of stealing $400 from a cash register at TJ Maxx in the Valley mall, where she was employed.
Five tattoo guns were stolen from a Spokane Valley shop last Friday.
The owner of Feel Good Tattoo, 12 N. Skipworth Road, said he slept through a 4 a.m. call from his alarm company but awoke at 9 .am. and had an employee check the business.
The burglar entered the shop through a damaged door, according to Spokane Valley police Officer H.J. Whapeles.
Items stolen include a Kodak camera, a Ted Tattoo gun, a OnePulse tattoo gun, two Spalding tattoo guns and a Dixon tattoo gun, as well as Eternal and Starbright paints, safety glasses, disposable tubes and numerous tattoo needles. Value of the items exceeds $1,000.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.
Police are asking the public’s help to identify the thief or thieves who struck a Spokane Valley business last Wednesday night or Thursday morning.
The owner of Clark’s Concrete told Officer Glen Hinckley that someone cut a hole through the south security fence, which is just north of Centennial Middle School at 1303 N. Ella.
Two padlocks were cut from semi-trailers used for storage, and an $800 Subaru generator and $500 pressure washer were stolen. A pair of grinders also was stolen.
A small flashlight was left at the scene, as well as bolt cutters that appeared to have been broken on the heavier shank of a third padlock.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.
An unpaid bar tab led to a woman's arrest on identity theft charges in Spokane Valley late Saturday.
A man and woman left the Corner Club Bar, 2208 N. Park Road, with a $117 bar tab after their debit card was declined but said they were going to their nearby motel room to get cash.
When they didn't return, a bar employee gave the declined debit card to Spokane Valley police Officer Justin Elliot, who determined it was stolen.
Employees at the nearby Red Top Motel said the woman named on the stolen card had rented a room there, so Elliot and Officers Dale Wells and David Lawhorn went to the room "and contacted an intoxicated Kathryn Elizabeth Reed," police said.
Reed, 24, first claimed to be the woman named on the card. She invited police to retrieve her medical marijuana card from her purse when police spotted pot on the nightstand.
Police didn't find the card, but they did find identification belonging to Reed, as well as financial information and mail from five other people, according to a news release. Each person lives in the area of 11800 East Maxwell Avenue, where the declined debit card was reported stolen in a car prowling Feb. 18.
Reed was booked into jail on a felony count of second-degree identity theft and misdemeanor counts of third-degree theft (for the bar tab) and possession of marijuana.
A Deer Park grocery store manager was arrested on suspicion of theft Thursday.
Renee K. Olson, 47, is accused of stealing more than $1,600 from Yoke's, 810 S. Main St., by making fraudulent cash refunds when no customers were present. She's due in Superior Court this afternoon via video from the jail, where she was booked on a second-degree theft charge.
Deputy Dan Dutton reviewed security video of Olson, the night manager, making the refunds after being called to the store about 7 p.m. Thursday.
Store employees believe she's been making the phony refunds since January. She has since been fired, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.
A violent home-invasion robbery in Spokane Valley last month targeted a former sheriff's deputy with a history of DUI crashes.
James L. Crabtree, 49, was struck in the head with a claw hammer early Jan. 21 by a man who demanded "dope and money," according to charging papers filed Wednesday against suspects Matthias "Payback" Piggot and Sandy K. Perreira, both 29 (pictured left to right).
The man, who detectives believe was Piggot, had arrived at the apartment in the 12700 block of East Shannon Avenue with a woman Crabtree said had been at his home two days earlier, police say. Detectives believe that woman was Perreira.
Crabtree told police he grabbed a folding knife but dropped it after he was threatened with the hammer. He told his attackers he didn't have any drugs or money, so the two left with his checkbook, wallet and credit cards, according to court documents. Crabtree suffered a concussion in the attack. His girlfriend, Cheryl L. Dassow, told police the robbers threatened to harm them further if they reported the attack.
Perreira faces an additional forgery charge for cashing a check on Crabtree's Numerica Credit Union account. She also faces drug and malicious mischief charges for an unrelated incident last December.
Piggot's criminal history includes convictions for domestic violence and attempting to elude police. In June, he was suspected of stabbing a man in Spokane Valley but an uncooperative victim halted the police probe. He also was present when Andrew T. Burns allegedly shot a man last June.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest Piggot, who last gave an address in the 2900 block of North Maple Road, and Perreira, who last gave an address in the 800 block of East Sitka Avenue.
Anyone with information on their locations is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.
In November, Crabtree, (left) who worked as a Spokane County sheriff's deputy in the 1980s and caused a crash that injured Lt. Earl Howerton in 2001, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after motorists noticed him passing out at the wheel of his Cadillac and blocked in his car. Police found an open can of Four Loko in the car. But Crabtree's blood-alcohol level was under the legal limit for driving, and prosecutors haven't yet filed charges.
A Spokane man who swindled several potential renters out of about $15,000 has been sentenced to a year pin prison.
Jeffery S. Crutchfield, 40, pleaded guilty to first-degree theft and was ordered to spend a year and a day behind bars and pay $15,070 in restitution.
Crutchfield was considered a model tenant at 1328 E. Wabash Ave. when he began advertising the home for rent on Craigslist. He collected deposits from at least seven potential renters, but when they showed up to move in, they realized they'd been duped, court documents say.
Crutchfield has been in jail since his arrest last October.
He has previous theft convictions in Oregon, as well as a third-degree assault conviction relating to a 1996 drunken driving crash that paralyzed a woman. He was sentenced then to 13 months and jail and denied responsibility for the crash, according to previously published.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to the arrest of a robbery suspect. Corbin C. Royce, 22, is accused assaulting a man and stealing his wallet in a downtown Spokane alley last fall.
Keith McKay told police he met up with Royce, known to him as Kyle, and others at the Spokane Transit Authority Bus Plaza on Nov. 22 and walked with them to Money Tree on West Third Avenue to cash a $25 check.
Afterward, Royce attacked McKay in an alley near 1st Avenue and Madison Street when Royce punched him in the head until he lost consciousness. McKay broke a tooth and also lost his glasses and $1,500 hearing aid, according to a probable cause affidavit.
A second suspect was been identified in court doucments. McKay identified Royce through a photo montage. A $25,000 warrant for first-degree robbery was filed Feb. 3.
Now tipsters can get a cash reward for turning him in.
Royce, 6-feet tall and 195 pounds, is a transient who also has warrants in Western Washington.
Anyone with information on his current location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.
Here's a news release from the Spokane Valley Police Department:
"A thief smashed a window in the front wall of Country Homes Power Equipment overnight and made off with a pair of high-end Stihl chainsaws. The store is located at 5323 East Sprague.
The company received an alarm at 1:09 a.m. Wednesday, but a manager opted to not call police. When employees arrived later, they discovered the 7’ by 7’ window shattered and the two saws taken from a display shelf.
Value of the stolen saws was set at more than $1,800. Anyone with information about this smash-and-grab burglary is encouraged to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233."
A robbery suspect allowed to leave jail for drug rehabilitation is wanted by police for escape.
Aaron Lee Goldstein, 18, left Spokane Addiction Recovery Center, 812 S. Walnut Ave., on Friday, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday.
He’d been in custody since December, charged with first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.
Detectives believe he’s connected to armed robberies in November and December at the Holiday gas station on North Argonne Road, Sam’s Stop and Shop on East Sprague Avenue, Nevada Street Brew Espresso, McQuick Mart on South Regal, and the Zip Trips at Fourth Avenue and Sullivan Road and at Illinois Street and Perry Place.
Two other suspects, Sean T. Smith and Vanessa E. Orr, both 23, are in jail. Goldstein, a transient with family in Northern California, is described as 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes.
He has tattoos of two teardrops under his left eye, and “Bay Boy” tattooed on his neck.
Anyone with information on Goldstein’s location should call 911.
Crime Stoppers also is offering a reward for tips that lead to Goldstein's capture.
Two burglars were caught in the act this morning in north Spokane, police say.
Spokane police officers saw two men flee an unsecured garage and drop items in a backyard after responding to a burglary in progress in the 4000 block of North Cincinnati Street at 5:58 a.m.
The men jumped fences and tried to hide, but police found suspect Nicholas A. Limpert, 25, (right) hiding under a car in the 900 block of East Heroy Avenue.
A second suspect, Robert J. McNabb, 20, (left) also was arrested and booked into jail on a second-degree burglary charge.
Limpert is a convicted felon who has been wanted by Crime Stoppers twice since 2008.
His criminal history includes convictions for domestic violence assault, possessing a dangerous weapon, city theft, second-degree theft, first-degree theft, malicious mischief and vehicle prowling.
McNabb was sentenced in October to 33 days in jail and two years probation for first-degree attempted burglary, possession of a controlled substance, second-degree theft and forgery.
A convicted bank swindler who boldly walked out of a federal courtroom in Spokane three years ago to avoid arrest is back in jail, accused of another scheme.
John Earl Petersen, the key figure in the collapse of a Montana bank more than a decade ago, is accused of stealing nearly $170,000 from a brother and sister in 2006 after telling them they would receive $100 million in return.
Petersen is being held without bail at the Spokane County Jail. He’s pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of wire fraud and one count of tax evasion and is to stand trial in May, U.S. District Judge Edward Shea ruled recently.
It’s the latest for an admitted con man and frequent Las Vegas gambler who had a business office in Spokane when he was arrested in 1998, accused of masterminding the $10.5 million collapse of Montana Bank of Whitefish, Mont. Read the rest of my story here.
Petersen is pictured at the very top in 1997, and at the top left in 2008.
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — Recovering a stolen cell phone? There's an app for that.
The Bonner County Daily Bee reports 22-year-old Sean B. Mahoney of Sandpoint pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft and possession of drug paraphernalia on Wednesday in a case that was cracked by the owner of a stolen cell phone. Mahoney was sentenced to 30 days in jail.
A Sandpoint resident reported a cell phone, snowboard and goggles were taken from his sport utility vehicle on Dec. 18.
The GPS-enabled phone contained a software application that can be activated when the device is stolen. The owner used the app and a laptop to track the handset to a house where the items were recovered, along with two other stolen snowboards, several holiday checks apparently taken from neighborhood mailboxes, drug pipes and marijuana seeds and stems.
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Hey, diddle, diddle! The cat and the fiddle … the thief ran off with the spoon?
The owner of Bellingham's Fountain Bistro is hoping someone will spot a 4-foot-tall silver spoon that vanished from the restaurant over the weekend.
Jill Holmes says the spoon was screwed onto the north side of the building along with a giant fork. She noticed it was missing Sunday morning so figures it must have been taken late Saturday night.
In the nursery rhyme, "the dish ran away with the spoon." Holmes suspects a thief with a screwdriver.
Holmes tells the Bellingham Herald she has a sense of humor about the theft now, but she still wants her spoon back. She says the fork is lonely.
A bank robber turned in by his girlfriend's mother will spend about two years in prison.
Eric C. Mason, 42, was sentenced to 28 months and will be credited for 166 days served in the Spokane County Jail after pleading guilty Wednesday to second-degree robbery, second-degree assault and first-degree theft.
Mason robbed the Spokane Teachers Credit Union, 8703 N. Indian Trail Road, on April 23. He did not display a weapon.
girlfriend's mother told police her daughter drove him to the robbery, leading to Mason's arrest in August.
Mason's public defender, Anna Nordtvedt, asked for him to receive 22 months; Deputy Prosecutor James Kaufman called for 29 months. Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno handled the sentencing.
Mason has previous felony convictions for drugs and burglary in Whatcom County in 2004. He is in jail awaiting transport to prison.
A convicted burglar's criminal history has led to the wheels of justice getting derailed for him once again.
Jury selection was underway Tuesday when attorneys asked if any of the 40 prospective jurors knew Gary D. McCabe, 45, who is accused of stealing more than $25,000 worth of rare gold and silver coins.
One man said he'd transported McCabe several times while a correction officer at Geiger Corrections Center and has transported McCabe several times.
Because other potential jurors were present when the man referenced McCabe's criminal history, Superior Court Judge Ellen Kalama Clark dismissed all 40 people and reset the trial for later this month with a new jury pool.
The same case nearly went to a jury last month before one of the jurors realized that McCabe probably burglarized her South Hill home.
A mistrial was declared, and the woman identified her stolen camera in the evidence pool.
McCabe already is to serve seven years in prison for a 2009 burglary.
A Spokane man suspected of burglarizing South Hill retirement homes has been charged with burglarizing another center in Spokane Valley.
Pavel V. Altukhov, 23, faces three counts of residential burglary and one count of second-degree burglary for break-ins at apartments at the Park Place Retirement Community, 511 N. Park Road, on Nov. 19.
He's already charged with five counts of burglary and one count of first-degree trafficking in stolen property for burglaries at the Waterford and Rockwood retirement communities about the same time.
Police say they found more than 1,000 pieces of jewelery in a Altukhov's car when they arrested him in December.
More than 50 victims had reported thefts from their apartments at just Waterford and Rockwood, police say.
Altukhov has pleaded not guilty and remains in jail. He's to be arraigned on the four new felonies within the next two weeks after making his first court appearance on Monday.
A convicted Spokane burglar who was given drug treatment instead of prison is wanted by police after leaving his rehabilitation center.
Richard C. Hebert, 23, was ordered in December to complete residential drug treatment in lieu of a two-year prison sentence but left the center on Jan. 5 and never contacted the state Department of Corrections.
He had told his probation officer that treatment was going well just a couple weeks earlier, court documents say.
A no bail arrest warrant was issued Jan. 13 on second-degree burglary and second-degree theft charges.
Now Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that leads to his capture.
Hebert, 5-foot-5 and 180 pounds, has previous convictions for first-degree driving while suspended, attempting to elude a police vehicle, residential burglary and probation violations.
He last gave a home address in the 400 block of East Fifth Avenue in Spokane, according to Crime Stoppers. Anyone with tips on his current whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online. Tipsters to not have leave their name to collect a reward.
A crime spree that included vehicle prowling, burglary and prescription fraud earned a 23-year-old Spokane Valley woman about two years in prison this week.
Jenalee Jean Hall, who police say is a cousin of Eddie Ray Hall , was sentenced Tuesday to 25 months in prison, the same sentence handed to her former roommate and partner in crime, Miranda L. Watson, last April.
The duo was accused of a crime spree that included vehicle prowling and thefts at Spokane Valley and South Hill fitness clubs and locker room burglaries at East Valley and West Valley high schools.
Spokane Valley police were flooded with tips about the locker room thefts after distributing surveillance photos of the women (Hall is to the left; Watson is to the right.) Hall also was charged with fraudulently filling OxyContin prescription and once told detectives she and her friends plotted a theft while sitting in a car "ingesting narcotics" with her young son present, according to previous reports.
Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno ordered Hall to pay $985 restitution after pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance, third-degree assault, first-degree theft and three counts of second-degree possession of stolen property and $3,342 restitution after pleading guilty to two counts of second-degree theft, second-degree identity theft, second-degree theft with intent to resell and forgery.