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NY police hunt for stolen weiner stand

ORANGEBURG, N.Y. (AP) — Police in a suburb northwest of New York City are searching for a stolen hot dog stand.  

Owner Fred Martucci tells the Journal News that he’s devastated over the loss of “Fred’s Franks.” He used the 10-foot-long, 7-foot-wide stainless steel trailer to support his family in Orangeburg for more than a year.

Orangetown Police Detective Sgt. George Garrecht says the hot dog heist happened on the evening of Sept. 30. Three men pulled into a parking lot, cut the trailer’s locks and cables, hitched it to their pickup truck and drove north on Route 303.

Police have viewed surveillance footage. But they have a limited description of the suspects and vehicle, because it happened on a rainy night.

Valley crime spree lands man back in jail

A young man sentenced last month for property crimes is back in jail, accused of a car-prowling and window-breaking spree in Spokane Valley. 

The suspect, Chad A. Radden, 20, was spotted skateboarding away from Northwest Tire and Automotive, 324 N. Pines Road, as a business alarm sounded just before 1 a.m. Friday.

One witness said she saw him in the area of Main and Pines the same time she heard broken glass - police found him with a Game Boy stolen from a 2005 Nissan Murano in the 12500 block of East Main, according to court records.

Radden also is accused of smashing seven windows on a GMC bus parked at Raggedy Ann and Andy Child Care, 12504 E. Main. Police also believe he broke windows at Instyle Hair and Skin Car Studio and H & R Block, 321 N. Pines.

Surveillance video at Holiday Gas Station, 411 N. Pines, shows a man fitting Radden’s description trying to break out a window with a baseball bat, police said. Sheriff’s deputies who arrested Radden said he appeared intoxicatied. He remains in Spokane County Jail on $10,000 bond, charged with two counts of second-degree malicious mischief, two counts of third-degree malicious mischief, and single counts of car prowling, third-degree theft and minor in possession of alcohol by consumption.

Records show Radden was given two years probation and credited for 16 days served in jail after pleading guilty to second-degree burglary last month. He’s also on probation for a drunken driving charge in North Idaho and for second-degree vehicle prowling and hit-and-run attended vehicle convictions in Spokane County.

Pics show beer robber in clerk’s stabbing

Spokane police are looking for help identifying a beer-toting robber who stabbed a convenience store clerk last week.

The man grabbed beer and ran from the Zip Trip at 1503 E. Illinois Ave. about 9 p.m. Wednesday, according to police, then stabbed a store clerk in the back after the clerk chased him down.

A police dog was unable to track the robber, who police believe was on foot and likely lives in the area.

Grainy surveillance photos released Friday show a man wearing a black “DC” t-shirt, black pants and a black and royal blue hat.

  He is described as Native American, about 5-foot-5 and in his late teens or early 20s with long dark hair and a thin build.

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

Tips sought on purse theft at Spokane spa

Spokane County sheriff’s detectives are asking for help identification a woman who stole a spa employee’s purse last month.

The victim was working at Planet Beach Contempo Spa at 12908 N. Highway 395 Aug. 29th when a woman snatched her purse from behind the counter.

Stolen checks were later forged at the Wandermere Fred Meyer gas station. Surveillance cameras captured images of a young woman wearing sandals, a turquoise tank top and jean shorts.

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

Check fraud costs Valley stores $25,000

More than 50 counterfeit checks wort>h at least $25,000 have been passed at three

Spokane Valley businesses, and Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to arrests. 

The culprits used a business banking account number to create, forge and p

ass more than 50 checks at Home Depot, Hastings and O’Reilly Auto Parts, according to Crime Stoppers.

The men use the names Timothy Daugherty and Joe Crawford, Jr. and represent themselves as employees with Reliable Construction. 

Anyone with information on their true identities is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

Purse-snatching suspect turns self in

A man who robbed a 71-year-old woman of her purse in a South Hill grocery store parking lot last week turned himself into police today, according to Crime Stoppers.

 Justin R. Meyer, 21, (right, allegedly) was booked into jail on one count of second-degree robbery after surrendering at the Spokane police front desk at the Public Safety Building Monday morning.

Surveillance cameras captured the robber’s face, and the picture was widely disseminated as Crime Stoppers offered a reward for tips on his identity. More than 30 have come in since Wednesday.

“It’s unknown if the intense public scrutiny led Meyer to surrender,” sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Reagan said in a news release.

Police say Meyer stole a 71-year-old woman’s purse Sunday about 1:15 p.m. in the west parking lot at Albertsons, 3010 E. 57th Ave.

The woman was not injured but lost cash, credit cards and keys to her car, home and business.

Past coverage:

Sept. 22: Purse-snatching robber caught on tape

Purse-snatching robber caught on tape

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help identify a man who robbed a 71-year-old woman of her purse as his shocked companion looked on. 

The woman and her 45-year-old daughter were walking Sunday about 1:15 p.m. in the west parking lot at Albertsons grocery store, 3010 E. 57th Ave., when two teenage men walked out of the store toward them.

The teen in a dark hooded sweatshirt (pictured at right) grabbed the woman’s purse as she screamed, then ran westbound across Regal with the purse before jumping a fence in the Cedar Hollow Estates apartment complex, Crime Stoppers announced today.

The woman was not injured but lost cash, credit cards and keys to her car, home and business.

“The suspect’s companion stayed with the victim for a minute and appeared shocked at the robbery,” according to a news release. “He eventually walked into the apartment complex through the regular entrance.”

Surveillance photos show the robber and his friend leaving the store.

Anyone with information on either man is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online. Tipsters do not have to give their name to collect the reward.

Nuns deny devilish claims of skulduggery

Accusations of stolen cash and silver, forged business records and slander have been hurled between two groups of nuns.

The episode has resulted in a police investigation at the request of the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Ghost, who claim that two members of their convent left, but not before stealing the items and turning them over to a rival convent at Mount St. Michael.

Read the rest of John Stucke’s story here.

Woman strips naked, steals cab in Louisiana

COVINGTON, La. (AP) — Police in Louisiana say a woman stripped in the back seat of a cab, demanded the driver take her to her home state of Michigan and when he refused, stole his cab. 

Covington Police Capt. Jack West told The Times-Picayune that the driver picked up 29-year-old Jennifer Gille of St. Clair Shores, Mich., about 1 a.m. Sunday. West says Gille refused to get out when they reached their destination, stripped and demanded the cabbie take her home.

West says the driver went to a police station for help and when inside, Gille drove off.

Police found the cab parked about a block away and Gille was still naked. Police booked her on charges of unauthorized use of a movable vehicle and obscenity.

She was released from jail late Tuesday on a $75 signature bond. No phone listing for her could be found in either state.

Reward offered for tips on theft suspect

 A Spokane woman accused of stealing a woman’s purse from a southeast home in January is wanted by police after failing to show up for court.

Jodi A. Vincelet, 35, is charged with a felony or allegedly stealing a purse from a home in the 700 block of South Freya on Jan. 5. Her sister, Christy L. Graham, 32, also is charged.

The sisters also are accused of cashing more than $5,000 in fraudulent checks stolen from a woman in the 3300 block of East Donora Court, according to court documents.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips on the location of Vincelet, who is wanted on two counts of second-degree theft. She was convicted of the same crime in February 2009.

Her last known address was 712 W. Augusta #2. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

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

CdA police chief chases down fleeing man

Coeur d’Alene’s police chief chased down a man suspected of stealing a motorcycle and arrested him at gunpoint this week.

 Chief Wayne Longo (left) was backing up Officer Hank Dunham on a stolen vehicle stop when Daniel W. Bisher, 35, took off on foot through heavy traffic in a commercial area at Appleway Avenue and Government Way just before 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

Longo chased Bisher as Dunham ran to Appleway to intercept him. Bisher twice reached to the front of his coat and ignored Longo’s demands, saying “he was not going to jail,” police said. 

Longo pulled his gun on Bisher, but Bisher (right) continued running before Dunham and Longo caught up with him.

Bisher had a loaded .40 caliber Glock handgun in his jacket and a knife in his pants pocket, as well as methamphetamine.

The gun had been reported stolen in Coeur d’Alene; the motorcycle had been stolen from Spokane, police said.

Coeur d’Alene police Capt. Steve Childers called Longo “a street partolman at heart.”

Department spokeswoman Sgt. Christie Wood said Longo always monitors his police scanner and frequently backs up patrol officers.

Bisher has a criminal history that includes a pending felony charge in Spokane County of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Police said he lives in Spokane, but newspaper archives show he’s also lived in Coeur d’Alene, Spirit Lake and Rathdrum.

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.

Cops report stolen elk horns, other oddities

Here’s the latest dispatch from Sgt. Dave Reagan, spokesman for the Spokane Valley Police Department:

“Sometime overnight Monday, someone stole a set of unmounted elk horns from behind Moffat’s Taxidermy in the 8900 block of E. Euclid. The medium set of 6x6 horns was valued at $400. Lousy hunter, better thief?

A 76-year-old woman living in the 1500 block of North Bowdish Road reported that security cameras installed in her apartment carport on Sunday were immediately stolen. Value of the cameras is unknown, and the following day her car was prowled.

On Tuesday, a man and woman stole a $300 fan from the Target store at 13724 E. Sprague. The female suspect hid the fan underneath her shirt. The man reportedly had many tattoos, and the woman must have been wearing an XXXXL blouse. They left in a red Impala with Washington plates.

Earlier this week a 60-year-old woman living in the 100 block of North Adams Road reported that a transient had been sleeping in her backyard gazebo for several days. On Tuesday, she awoke to discover him gone, as well as the cushions to her outdoor furniture.

On Monday, an employee at Kindercare at 205 S. Sullivan Road reported that someone had entered their transport bus and discharged a fire extinguisher all over the interior. The bus did not appear to have been on fire at the time. It had to be towed to a detail shop for cleaning.”

Anyone with information about any of the incidents is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Convicted conman accused of fraud, again

A former state legislative candidate convicted in a federal fraud case four years ago is back in trouble, this time related to a proposed condo development in North Idaho and an alleged Internet-based scam similar to his previous crime.

Travis J. “TJ” Sneed, 27, also is accused in Spokane County Superior Court of using a pilfered bank account number to cash nearly $3,000 in checks under the name of a New Jersey loan company.

The six felonies he pleaded innocent to Tuesday, coupled with an indictment in U.S. District Court in Coeur d’Alene charging him with a form of racketeering and 22 counts of wire fraud, are the latest in the legal saga of a convicted con man who once worked as a legislative aide to Jim West. Sneed served time in federal prison for fraud and sued the Spokane County Jail alleging sexual abuse by a cellmate.’

Read the rest of my story here.

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


Spokane woman admits to bilking Medicaid

A 55-year-old Spokane woman avoided jail but was ordered to repay $16,575 after admitting this week to bilking Medicaid.

Dea Ann Wagner’s 30-day jail sentence was converted to 240 hours of community service. She’ll be probation for a year, according to the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

Wagner pleaded guilty in Spokane County Superior Court to first-degree theft, second-degree theft and five counts of filing a false Medicaid statement.

The Attorney General’s Office says she charged full-time hours while working part-time, and falsely claimed specific chore were performed.

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

Bandit’s lawyer: ‘He was scared to death’

After Colton Harris-Moore’s brief appearance in U.S. District Court in Seattle Thursday, his prominent Seattle defense lawyer had a message for the teen’s apparent admirers. 

“For any of the kids out there that think this is fun, it is not,” John Henry Browne told news reporters, according to a video from the Seattle Times. “He was scared to death most of the time…and he’s concerned that kids will think this was fun.”

Browne described Harris-Moore as “very smart but not terribly mature.”

“He seems like a kid… the whole media thing creeps him out…He doesn’t know what’s going on…He’s confused about it.”

Browne’s associate, Emma Scanlan, said Harris-Moore is “very relieved, actually, to be done with being lonely and being on the road by himself. I think things got out of control for him.”

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

The 19-year-old, captured after a boat chase in the Bahamas July 11, is accused of stealing a Cessna 182 from the Boundary County Airport last fall and crash landing it near Granite, Falls, Wash.

Past coverage: Oct. 7: Teen bandit becoming national sensation

Barefoot Bandit returns to Washington state

SEATTLE (AP) — The alleged “Barefoot Bandit” is back in Washington state, where authorities say he began a two-year multistate crime spree.

Colton Harris-Moore arrived Wednesday afternoon from Miami on a U.S. Marshals plane and was promptly transferred to a federal detention facility in SeaTac, Wash., according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

U.S. Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Emily Langlie said the 19-year-old is scheduled to make his initial court appearance before Magistrate Judge Brian Tsuchida on Thursday, when he will be advised of the charge against him and possible penalties. He’s been charged with stealing a plane in Bonners Ferry and crash-landing it in Granite Falls, Wash., last fall

Harris-Moore was arrested July 10 in the Bahamas a week after he reportedly crash-landed in a plane stolen from an Indiana airport.

Authorities in the sun-bathed Caribbean country launched an extensive manhunt for the teenager and arrested him as he tried to flee in a boat. His arrest ended a run from the law that started when he escaped from a halfway house in Washington state in April 2008.

The self-taught pilot is suspected of more than 70 crimes — including stealing several boats and five planes — across nine states.

Police dubbed Harris-Moore the “Barefoot Bandit” because he allegedly committed some of his crimes without shoes.

His spree turned him into a sort of folk hero, with more than 90,000 followers on a Facebook fan page.

Harris-Moore, who made an initial court appearances in Florida last week after returning to the country, faces a federal charge in the crash-landing of a plane stolen from Idaho last year.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office last week declined to comment on how the prosecution will proceed, except to say it is reviewing crimes attributed to Harris-Moore to see which might be prosecuted in federal court.

Police suspect he took stolen cars, a boat and planes across state lines, and interstate transportation of stolen property is a federal offense with a 10-year maximum sentence.

Messages to his mother, Pam Kohler, and his attorney, John Henry Browne, were not immediately returned.

Past coverage:

July 13: Barefoot Bandit’s tale turns to tricky legalities

July 11: Barefoot Bandit arrested after boat chase in Bahamas

Oct. 7: Teen bandit becoming national sensation

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 appears in Miami courtroom

MIAMI (AP) — The teenager dubbed the “Barefoot Bandit” by authorities will cool his heels in a Miami jail at least two more days while he sorts out which attorney will represent him.

At his first U.S. court appearance Wednesday since his arrest in the Bahamas, Colton Harris-Moore, 19, told U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Dube he thought his mother had hired a lawyer but he didn’t know the attorney’s name.

“I’d like to speak with my mom first,” said Harris-Moore, dressed in a standard tan prison jumpsuit, sandals and white socks. He added that he last spoke to his mother, Pam Kohler, “about a week ago.”

“She said that she hired one,” he said. “I have not met with him yet.”

Dube set another hearing for Friday morning to determine Harris-Moore’s legal representation, whether he should be released on bail and when he should return to Seattle to face an alleged two-year string of crimes.

Harris-Moore is suspected in about 70 burglaries, thefts and other property crimes in eight states and British Columbia, including thefts of aircraft — one of which he allegedly flew from Indiana to the Bahamas.

Kohler has asked Seattle defense attorney John Henry Browne to represent her son in the criminal case, which currently involves the alleged theft of a plane in Bonners Ferry that was crashed in Washington state.

Browne has said he will handle it if Harris-Moore agrees. Another attorney, O. Yale Lewis, is helping Kohler with media and entertainment requests.

Harris-Moore was deported by the Bahamas to the U.S. on Tuesday, shortly after pleading guilty to illegally entering the island nation east of Miami.

Harris-Moore’s long odyssey on the lam ended Sunday after police ended a high-speed boat chase by shooting out the vessel’s engine. Harris-Moore’s attorney in the Bahamas, Monique Gomez, said the U.S. Embassy there would pay the teenager’s $300 fine.

Authorities say he earned the “Barefoot Bandit” nickname by committing some crimes while shoeless, and in February he he allegedly drew chalk-outline feet all over the floor of a grocery store during a burglary in Washington’s San Juan Islands.

Harris-Moore told police in the Bahamas that he came there because it has numerous islands, airports and docks.

The teenager claimed that he told islanders he was trying to get to Cuba so he could throw police off his trail, but he intended to make his way to the Turks and Caicos Islands southeast of the Bahamas, police said.

Past coverage:

July 13: Barefoot Bandit’s tale turns to tricky legalities

July 11: Barefoot Bandit arrested after boat chase in Bahamas

Oct. 7: Teen bandit becoming national sensation

Car w/ stolen loot leads to police standoff

A police standoff in West Central Spokane closed part of Boone Avenue today as Washington State Patrol detectives arrested a suspect in dozens of vehicle prowlings. 

The investigation began July 6 after a troopers found stolen property in a Honda Accord that had been stolen from an Eastern Washington University women’s basketball player July 3, said WSP Sgt. Dave Bolton.

The Accord’s driver, 19-year-old Christopher E. Hooper, was arrested that day for possession of a stolen motor vehicle after police say he crashed the Accord on state Route 291 near Rutter Parkway.

Hooper was allowed to leave jail pending trial but was arrested again today on new stolen property charges, Bolton said. Also arrested earlier today was Bowe T. Frank, 18. He faces a second-degree theft charge related to property found in the car.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested after the standoff at 2510 W. Boone this afternoon.

Hooper already is on probation after in April in connection with the January 2009 murder of Shannon A. Cochran. His July 6 arrest came just a few days after Spokane police arrested him with prescription drugs and suspected burglary tools.

Tips sought on ‘top 10’ criminal’s location

A man whose alleged property crimes include the theft of a sheriff detective’s gun and FBI identification card is wanted by Crime Stoppers. 

James W. Peterschick, 28, is wanted for driving with a suspended license, but he’s also suspected in a series of property crimes that began with an arrest near Pullman in February.

Then in April, a jail inmate looking for a break on drug charges told police he saw Peterschick with a gun stolen from a sheriff’s detective’s squad car. Detectives found Peterschick at the Motel 6, 1508 N. Rustle, as well as two fishing poles stolen from Detective Leroy Fairbanks’ government-issued vehicle on April 21, according to court documents.

Investigators believe Peterschick smashed out the car’s window, then stole a backpack containing electronics, a Glock handgun, handcuffs, a flashlight, badge and IDs for the Sheriff’s Office and FBI.

He’s out of jail on bail, but police want him back because of the driving while suspended allegation.

Anyone with information on Peterschick 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.

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.

Barefoot Bandit’s mom: Phone home, Colt

As authorities search the Bahamas for Colton Harris-Moore, his mother has sent a message to him through The Associated Press.

“Colt is not to be flying a single engine-plane,” said Pam Kohler, saying she was worried about engine failure. “When I heard that, that just upset me. The rules are, he carries a parachute with him and he takes two-engine planes. Tell him he needs to call me.”

Kohler said she wasn’t surprised her 19-year-old son might be able to make the 1,000-mile trip after teaching himself how to fly. She has publicly defended him and claims the allegations against him are exaggerated.

She told the AP that she would have preferred a country that doesn’t have an extradition treaty with the United States. ”

The furthest he gets from the U.S., the better,” Kohler said from her home in Camano Island in Washington state. “I’m glad he’s able to enjoy beautiful islands, but they extradite. It doesn’t help matters at all.”

Authorities are now hunting for Harris-Moore — known as the Barefoot Bandit for allegedly committing some crimes while shoeless — on an island hosting hundreds of tourists for an annual sailing regatta that could help the lanky, blue-eyed teen pull off another escape.

“He’s not in custody as yet. We’re following some leads and we’re working with the Abaco community to try and find him. Hopefully we should find him,” Assistant Police Commissioner Glenn Miller said Tuesday.

Police in the Bahamas launched a fruitless search for him Monday night in wooded areas around Sandy Point, near the mangrove wetlands at the island’s southern tip where a plane stolen in Indiana landed on Sunday.

Caroline Smith, a clerk at a marina in Marsh Harbour, a town on Great Abaco, said the manhunt on the typically sleepy island of 16,000 has inhabitants buzzing with rumors.

“I’ve heard he stole a car. Someone else says he stole a boat. Everybody’s talking a whole lot,” Smith said today. “But I can tell you, there were three break-ins on Monday night, which is really unusual for us.”

A federal complaint was unsealed Tuesday charging Harris-Moore with the theft of a small plane from the airport in Bonners Ferry last fall. Read my story here.

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

Oct. 2: Teen fugitive may have stolen Cessna