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‘Flint Fire the Frequent Flyer’ arrested

The arrest of a woman wanted for theft since September led police to identify suspects in a residential burglary just a day earlier.

Tami Jo Hearn, 50, alias Raider, had jewelry and checkbooks belonging to a homeowner in the 3300 block of West Woodside Avenue when police arrested her during a vehicle stop at East 29th Avenue and South Fiske Street Jan. 10.

Passenger Flint Fire Herrmann, 34, was arrested on a warrant for felony drug possession. He had a cloth bag with in the car that contained more stolen jewelry, police said. Members of the Spokane police Patrol Anti-Crime Team went to a home in the 2800 block of East 32nd Avenue where the two had been and found more stolen property, including a suitcase.

Homeowner Penni L. Cornwell, 47, faces charges of trafficking in stolen property. Hearn told police on Jan. 18 that Herrmann brought the suitcase full of jewelry to the home early Jan. 10 and planned to sell the items to get money to get his girlfriend out of jail. His girlfriend is Cornwell's daughter.

Hearn and Herrmann appeared in Spokane County Superior Court Thursday on charges of first-degree trafficking in stolen property.

Hearn, a repeat offender, also faces several felony charges for an extensive forgery ring. Crime Stoppers had been offering a reward since September for tips that led to her arrest.

Herrmann also has an extensive criminal history, including convictions for felon in possession of a firearm, car theft, attempting to elude police, drug possession and possession of stolen property.

A court official on Thursday called him "Flint Fire the Frequent Flyer."

Cops: woman stole soda for can deposit

LYNN, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say a Massachusetts woman bought $64 worth of soda using a stolen welfare benefits card, then immediately fed the full cans into the supermarket's automated redemption machine for the nickel deposit.

Tina Cafarelli, of Lynn, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges including larceny, property destruction and receiving stolen property. She was ordered held on $250 bail.

Police tell The Daily Item that the electronic benefits card Cafarelli used to buy the 18 12-packs of soda had another person's name on it. The supermarket manager says the full cans caused extensive damage to the redemption machine.

The 36-year-old Cafarelli couldn't be reached for comment.

  

Potty-room pilfering reported in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A restroom rip-off in central Ohio has automatic flushers disappearing from the bathrooms at restaurants and other businesses.

Police say it's been happening in at least a couple Columbus suburbs. Investigators don't know if the thefts are related.

Handyman John Hahn tells WBNS-TV the flushers are likely being stolen for scrap because they contain a metal called red brass that can bring $2.50 per pound.

He says safeguards are needed because the flushers can be costly to repair.

Patrol team arrests repeat offender, wife

A fugitive targeted by Spokane police since Jan. 11 was arrested by patrol officers Tuesday night.

Shaun P. Davis, 39, was booked into jail about 11 p.m. after members of the Patrol Anti-Crime Team located him at 5015 N. Haven St., police said today.

Davis was wanted on a Washington Department of Corrections warrant for violating his probation.

Davis' wife, Rosanna M. Jordan, 28, was arrested for rending criminal assistance for allegedly hiding Davis from police. She is now out of jail on bond.

Davis is described by police as a repeat offender

He has previous convictions from 2010 for drugs and stolen property, as well as convictions in 2007 for theft and unlawful possession of payment instruments, according to court records.

Thief drops metal for witness’ cellphone

A would-be scrap metal thief ditched the material in favor of a witness' cellphone recently in Spokane Valley, police say.

Shane Wendon Israel, 33, was arrested Friday after a sheriff's deputy who investigated the robbery stopped his red Dodge truck.

Suspect Scott Hayden Elliott, 39, alias Wood, also was arrested for driving Israel away from the theft, which occurred Jan. 5 about 8:45a.m. at Ecolite, 2622 N. Woodruff Road.

Ecolite employee Pat Myers told police he saw Israel walking from the building with scrap metal, so he followed him and tried to take a picture of his truck but was assaulted and his cellphone was stolen, according to court documents. Israel grabbed Myers' cellphone and threatened him with the metal before dropping it and fleeing with the phone.

Another employee, Don Banks, snapped a photograph of the truck that included the license plate. Police say it's registered to Elliott.

Deputy R. Smith recovered Myers' cellphone from the Spokane Dog Training Club, where Israel said he'd thrown it, documents say.

Elliott and Israel faces charges of first-degree robbery and third-degree theft. Elliott also faces a charge of driving while license suspended.

Police: Man jailed for forging jail check

A former inmate due $15 for money not used at the Spokane County Jail earned himself another stay behind bars by forging the check for more than 200 times the amount, sheriff's officials say.

John P. Oak, 44, was arrested Jan. 12 for forgery and second-degree theft after he tried to withdraw money from Banner Bank in Rockford, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

Jail staff on Jan. 11 noticed Oak had cashed a check from the jail for $3,042.21, though jail records showed the check was originally written for $15.

Oak received $1,000 in cash and deposited the rest in his account, according to the Sheriff's Office. Bank employees notified police Jan. 12 that Oak had tried to withdraw more funds but was denied. Deputy Jeremy Jeske stopped a vehicle as it traveled north on Highway 21 from the bank and arrested Oak, who was a passenger.

Two other passengers, John M. Hamilton, 49, and Amanda M. Powers, 28, were arrested and booked on outstanding warrants.  The driver of the vehicle was released shortly after the traffic stop and is not facing charges, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Oak has been released from jail and is to be arraigned on Jan. 24, according to online court records.

U.S. attorney helped ID burglary suspect

An assistant U.S. attorney and appointee for a federal judgeship helped identify a suspect in a string of South Hill burglaries by tracking his wife’s stolen coffee shop card.

Tom Rice, who is awaiting congressional confirmation to replace former U.S. District Judge Robert Whaley, was in bed when Nathan Daniel Moore, 30, (pictured) allegedly burglarized his home Nov. 23.

His wife, Heather Rice, that morning noticed her purse and wallet missing, which contained a Starbucks debit card.

Read the rest of my story here.

Past coverage:

Dec. 7: Suspect arrested in South Hill burglaries

Citizen recognized fugitive from news

An alert citizen helped police arrest prolific theft suspect Wednesday after recognizing him from news reports.

Officers found Sean Alexander Blair, 31, outside Safeway, 3900 N. Market St., after a citizen called in about 6:30 p.m.

"Thank you Spokane for helping YOUR police department keep you safe!" Spokane police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer DeRuwe said in a news release.

Blair already was facing felony theft and drug charges when police identified him as a suspect in Nov. 17 thefts at the Davenport Hotel, which occurred as the Tri-State Grain Growers convened at the upscale hotel in downtown Spokane. Read more here.

DeRuwe identified Blair Wednesday as one of four repeat offenders whose arrests “would have a positive impact on our crime trends.”

The others are Christopher C. McCracken, who was sentenced last month to 12 months in jail for violating a protection order and is wanted by the Department of Corrections; Christopher J. Searight, 29, who is wanted for not paying his fines on felony convictions from 2004, and Shaun P. Davis, 39, who is wanted by the DOC.

See their photos at the Spokane Police Department's Facebook page.

Man wanted for stealing from Davenport

UPDATE: Blair was booked into jail about 8 p.m. Jan. 11.

Police say a longtime felon dressed in casual business clothes to blend in while stealing laptops from a convention at the Davenport Hotel. 

Sean Alexander Blair, 31, already was facing felony theft and drug charges when police identified him as a suspect in the Nov. 17 thefts, which occurred as the Tri-State Grain Growers convened at the upscale hotel in downtown Spokane.

Surveillance video shows Blair enter the hotel without a backpack about 8 p.m. without a backpack, according to court documents. It then shows him leave a half hour later carrying a backpack that was reported stolen from the convention. The backpack contained a Dell laptop. Another laptop also was reported stolen from a backpack at the convention.

Colfax farmer Randy Seuss, chairman of the U.S. Wheat Associates, said he saw a man matching Blair's description about 8:20 p.m. in the convention, according to court documents. He noticed the man did not have an event identification badge and was picking up handouts from display booths.

Detective Crystal Jolly was familiar with Blair from thefts of laptops at local hospitals and the Gonzaga University library. Blair always carries the stolen computers in backpacks, she said.

Blair was out of jail waiting trial on seven felony charges for those thefts and an unrelated methamphetamine charge when the heists at the Davenport occurred.

Now he faces a $20,000 warrant for two new counts of second-degree theft, and no-bond warrants for the previous cases because he violated his conditions of release by allegedly committing new crimes.

Spokane police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer DeRuwe identified Blair today as one of four repeat offenders whose arrests "would have a positive impact on our crime trends."

The others are Christopher C. McCracken, who was sentenced last month to 12 months in jail for violating a protection order and is wanted by the Department of Corrections; Christopher J. Searight, 29, who is wanted for not paying his fines on felony convictions from 2004, and Shaun P. Davis, 39, who is wanted by the DOC.

See their photos at the Spokane Police Department's Facebook page.

Tips sought on Chevron beer robbers

Spokane police are asking for helping identifying two men who assaulted a store clerk and stole a 20-pack of beer early Monday.

The men assaulted the clerk at Chevron Food Mart, 1703 E. Francis Ave., after he confronted them for stealing the beer about 12:25 a.m., police said today.

The robbers ran west on Francis. The men are described as possibly Hispanic, in their late teens with slight builds. One wore a red jacket, black baseball hat and jeans; the other wore a gray hooded-sweatshirt, dark jacket and jeans.

Police released surveillance images and video of the heist today.

Anyone with information on the men's identities is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Tips sought on Safeway robber’s ID

Spokane police are asking for help identifying a man accused of holding a knife to a Safeway employee's throat.

The employee approached the man about stealing items from the store at 2507 W. Wellesley Ave. when he was attacked Jan. 4 about 4:30 p.m., police said today.

The thief threatened to slit the employee's throat and fled on a bicycle with a pocket knife in his hand, police say

The victim described the man as in his late 30s and wearing a dark beanie, button-up flannel shirt and grayish tan Carhartt jacket.

Police released a surveillance photo of the man today.

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

Sketch shows Cheney armed robber

Cheney police are asking for help identifying a man responsible for a New Year's Eve home-invasion robbery.

The man used a knife to steal items from an occupied home in the 200 block of West Second Street in Cheney about 7:20 p.m. on Dec. 31.

He's described as white, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-7 and 160 pounds. He wore a black Carhartt jacket, a dark gray hooded sweatshirt, black jean-like pants, black boots and a white bandanna with black print over the lower portion of his face.

The robber had a light-brown mustache, "spoke with a gravelly voice and smelled like cigarettes," according to the Cheney Police Department.

Police released a sketch of the robber today.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Kelly Hembach at (509) 498-9269.

Man gets 3 years for $2.2 mil Ponzi scam

Dale Edward Lowell just needed a bit more money. A few dollars here and there - anything to help him make another investment in a stock market he was sure he could figure out. It never worked, but, in his mind, success was just another investment away.

That’s what the former North Idaho real estate agent told a federal judge Wednesday when he was sentenced to three years in prison for a Ponzi scheme that collected more than $2 million from duped investors in the Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene area. Lowell met many of the investors while a pianist for a Sandpoint church.

Read the rest of my story here.

Police: Thief points gun at Costco worker

A Spokane man caught shoplifting from Costco on New Year's Eve upped the judicial ante by pointing a gun at a store employee, according to police.

Todd E. Miller, 39, is jailed on $30,000 bond after he was arrested Saturday at the store at 7619 N. Division St. Store employee Troy Humphrey said he contacted Miller about 6 p.m. after he spotted him stealing merchandise, according to court documents.

Humphrey tried to escort Miller to the back of the store, but Miller pointed a gun at him and fled, police say.

Police contacted Miller in a parking lot near the store. Officer Shawn Pegram says Miller showed him where he'd discarded the stolen merchandise. Pegram found a gun on the front passenger seat of the car in which he was sitting, according to court documents.

Miller appeared before Superior Court Judge Annette Plese Tuesday on a first-degree robbery charge.

Photo shows suspects in burglary ring

The suspects in a string of burglaries in North Idaho and Spokane County are pictured. Top row, left to right:  Joseph A. Lynch, 29; Adam C. Ramirez III, 29; Jesse A. Williamson, 27; Susan N. Burke and alias Susan Church, 50. Bottom row: Kasie D. Gordon, 25; Emily A. Lynch, 28; Kathleen E. Kelly, 29; and Heather D. Yao, alias Heather Perry, 31.

Burke was the last suspect arrested. Read more here.

Say what! Filmed theft suspect arraigned

This is a screen shot of a video vehicle prowling suspect Nathan Calvert posted on his Facebook page.

 An alleged car prowler who posted a video of himself with suspected stolen property on his Facebook page pleaded not guilty Tuesday to six felony charges.

Nathan John Calvert, 28, remains in jail on a no-bail state Department of Corrections probation hold after his arraigned before Superior Court Judge Annette Plese on charges of residential burglary, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, vehicle prowling and three counts of second-degree theft.

His trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 21.

Calvert was arrested Dec. 9 after an attorney caught him in his truck. Spokane Valley police say Calvert had a stolen Jeep filled with stolen property.

Calvert told detectives he committed 30 to 40 vehicle prowlings and garage burglaries a night for two to three weeks throughout Spokane County, police say.

Detectives expect to use Calvert's Facebook video as evidence. The video shows Calvert in a vehicle he describes as a Jeep. He focuses on stolen property in the back of the vehicle and says he hasn't decided what he's going to do yet. Then he raps.

Check out the video here.

Woman is final fugitive in burglary ring

UPDATE: Burke was arrested about 1:30 p.m. today in the 100 block of East Indiana Avenue in Spokane.

A Spokane woman is the only suspect at large in a two-state burglary ring after a 27-year-old Post Falls man turned himself in.

 Susan N. Burke, 50, alias Susan Church, is wanted on a $100,000 warrant for conspiracy to commit grand theft. Crime Stoppers is offering a rewed for tips that lead to her capture.

Jesse A. Williamson, 27, surrendered to police Monday at 2:30 p.m., polie said today.

A third suspecet, Joseph A. Lynch, 29, of Coeur d'Alene, was taken into custody without incident at the Days Inn hotel, 120 W. Third Ave., late Friday after a coordinated effort between the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force and the Spokane Police Department.

Four others, including Lynch's wife, have been arrested for various theft-related charges.

The suspects are accused of a rash of daytime home-invasion burglaries in Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls, Rathdrum, Hayden, Sandpoint and Spokane over the last several months.

Cops: Man catches car prowler in act

A Spokane man stopped a car prowler in action early Tuesday and held him until deputies arrived, police say.

Coty M. Gillespie, 20, is suspected of breaking into several vehicles in the area of 7400 N. Pittsburg St., where he was arrested after a resident spotted him prowling his neighbor's car about 3:30 a.m.

Craig Browne, 37, heard the sound of breaking glass from inside his home and found Gillespie in the driver’s seat of his neighbor's Nissan SUV. His wife called police.

Spokane County sheriff's deputies tracked shoe prints from the SUV to 11 other vehicles that had broken windows.  They also found cans of beer in Gillespie's bag that matched beer found in one of the prowled vehicles. The bag also contained broken glass, according to court documents.

Gillespie was booked into jail on one count of second-degree malicious mischief and 12 counts of vehicle prowling.

Cop responding to alarm busts ATM theft

A police officer responding to an alarm interrupted in ATM burglary in progress early today, according to the Spokane Police Department.

Officer Paul Buchmann arrived at the Washington Trust Bank ATM at 4500 S. Regal about 1:45 a.m. and saw two men by the machine who ran east when they saw him.

Buchmann (pictured) discovered the ATM had been burglarized. Backup officers arrived 7 minutes later and officers tracked the suspects to a home in the 4200 block of East 34th Avenue.

Sean W. McNally, 22, and Kiel A. Frey, 20, were arrested for second-degree burglary, police said.

2 arrested after citizens witness burglary

Two burglary suspects were arrested early this morning after citizens witnessed a break-in at an east Spokane convenience store.

Officers located Carl J. Biamond 18, and Jelemeto B. Akilang, 20, near North Magnolia Street and East Tilsley Place after citizens observed two men breaking into the Mission Food Mart, 1905 E. Mission Ave., and called police.

Biamond was bleeding from a 3- to 4-inch cut on his inner thigh near his groin when police arrested him, according to the Spokane Police Department.

Police say Biamond claimed to have been robbed and stabbed earlier that night, but police believe he cut himself while through broken glass at the store. Police treated his wounds with a clotting agent and requested medical attention.

Biamond and Akilang were booked into Spokane County Jail for second-degree burglary.

Burglary suspect arrested in Spokane

A man wanted in connection with a burglary ring spanning Spokane County and North Idaho was arrested Friday in Spokane.

 Joseph A. Lynch, 29, of Coeur d'Alene, (pictured) was taken into custody without incident at the Days Inn hotel, 120 W. Third Ave., about midnight after a coordinated effort between the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force and the Spokane Police Department, according to the Coeur d'Alene Police Department.

Susan N. Burke, 50, alias Susan Church, and Jesse A. Williamson, 27, still are wanted for burglary and grand theft in connection with the rash of daytime home-invasion burglariesin Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls, Rathdrum, Hayden, Sandpoint and Spokane over the last several months.

Four others, including Lynch's wife, have been arrested for various theft-related charges.

Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest has offered a reward for information on their whereabouts. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit tips online.

Boy shot in pot theft was hit in back

A 14-year-old* boy was shot in the back when he tried to burglarize a marijuana grow room in Medical Lake on Monday, documents show.

The boy, who was in satisfactory condition after undergoing surgery to remove a .45-caliber bullet, ran from the room in the 600 block of North Grant Street early Monday with another 14-year-old boy after the homeowner, Justin J. Brown, yelled something similar to “what are you doing in my house?” according to a search warrant filed in Spokane County Superior Court.

 The boys dropped baseball bats, a screwdriver and a flashlight and ran just before a shot was fired and one of them dropped to the ground with a bullet wound to his lower back. Brown told police he awoke to a burglary alarm and “fired once at figures inside” the grow room after seeing someone moving inside, according to the warrant.

Brown told police chased after the intruders and found the shot boy sitting in the backyard about 15 feet from the room’s door. His wife called police.

The Spokesman-Review does not name juvenile criminal suspects unless they are charged as adults with serious felonies.

Brown told police he grew marijuana in the room but stopped when his medical authorization expired, according to the warrant, which was used to seize evidence from the property, including the handgun and baseball bats.

Investigators with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office will forward their investigation to the prosecutor’s office for a decision on whether to charge Brown.

The injured boy’s accomplice stole marijuana plants and buds from the same room Dec. 15, according to court documents.

*The Sheriff's Office first said the boy was 14, then said he was 13, but court records show his birthdate is in March of 1997, making him 14.

Cash for tips on serial burglary suspects

  Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to the arrest of three suspects in a string of burglaries in North Idaho and Spokane County.

Joseph A. Lynch, 29, (left) and Jesse A. Williamson, 27, (right) of Coeur d'Alene, and Susan N. Burke, (below) alias Susan Church, 50, of Spokane, are wanted for various theft-related charged in Kootenai County District Court.

Kathleen E. Kelly, 29, of Coeur d'Alene, turned herself into police are learning of her fugitive status through media reports, police said today.

Also in custody is Emily A. Lynch, 28, of Coeur d'Alene, as well as Heather D. Yao, alias Heather Perry, 31, Adam C. Ramirez III, 29, and Kasie D. Gordon, 25, all of Post Falls. 

The suspects are believed to be responsible for numerous daytime home burglaries in Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls, Rathdrum, Hayden, Sandpoint and Spokane.

Photos of Lynch, Williamson and Burke will be featured on billboards at no cost to law enforcement thanks to Lamar Outdoor, a national billboard company with an office in Spokane.

Anyone with information on their current locations is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit tips online.

Theft suspects had business licenses

These entrepreneurs probably won’t be in the running for a business leadership award anytime soon.

Police say a band of suspected metal thieves created a Spokane-based business, complete with licenses from the Washington Department of Revenue, to get around state laws designed to discourage theft by making it tougher for individuals to sell stolen metal to scrap yards. The state exempts licensed businesses from the mandatory 10-day waiting period for payments of over $30 on scrap metal sold to recyclers.

The licenses for the alleged criminal enterprises We Do It and CWRT - Copper Wire Removal Team - aren’t fraudulent because there’s no process to obtain them other than filling out an application and paying the $15 fee, said Mike Gowrylow, spokesman for the Washington Department of Revenue.

Read the rest of my story here.

Theft suspects walk into surveillance trap

Two burglars' alleged plan to return for a stash of stolen goods backfired today when they walked into a surveillance trap by Spokane police, officers say.

Starla R. Dillard, 26, and Michael W. Withey, 31, were arrested for residential burglary after Withey dropped Dillard off in the 2600 block of West Rockwell Avenue and she went to a home that had been burglarized twice this week.

Officer Bill Hager and members of the Patrol Anti-Crime Team were watching the home hoping the burglars would return for more stolen goods.

A neighbor had reported seeing a "small statured" woman around the home when the burglary occurred. Dillard matches that description, police say. She was arrested after exiting the home.

Withey was arrested after police pulled him over. Police seized his Subaru pending a search warrant and recovered stolen property. The investigation is ongoing.

"Police want to remind everyone that most residential burglaries happen during the early morning hours or during the day when  people are working.  If you see anyone out of the norm in your neighborhood or around your neighbor's house, please call police," according to a news release by the Spokane Police Department. "We would much rather come out before someone is victimized.  It should also be noted that patrol officers do follow up on theft and burglary incidents when time permits."

Stolen card leads to fuel theft suspect

A man believed to be responsible for gas thefts in the West Plains area was identified this week after he tried to return merchandise that had been purchased with a stolen credit card.

Gary Dale Hutt, 38, was arrested Tuesday after he went to the General Store on 2424 N. Division St. to return some of the $500 worth of items he'd purchased Monday with the stolen card, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office said today.

Detectives had already contacted the store of learning the card had been used there. The card was used 17 times on Monday, the same day it was stolen during a daytime burglary in the 6600 block of North Brooks Road. Three guns, two guns safes, two laptops and a camera also were stolen.

Property crimes detectives searched Hutt's home in the 5100 block of West Sunset Boulevard after his arrest and found one of the laptops and gun safes, as well as items purchased at the General Store with the stolen card, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Detectives noticed a van circling the area while they were searching Hutt's home, and its plates indicated it had been stolen. The driver, Hutt's live-in girlfriend, Courtny R. Jacobsen, 34, was arrested for driving while suspended.

The van was registered to Hutt but had switched /stolen license plates on it, according to the sheriff's office. Detectives found a large gas tank in the van and are continuing their investigation into the fuel thefts on the West Plains.

"Detectives expect to solve additional burglaries and recover more stolen property as they continue to look into this case," according to a news release by Cpl. Dave Thornburg.

"As you are all aware, our community has been hit hard with property crimes," Thornburg said in an email to media. "Sheriff's deputies and detectives are working very hard to do what they can to put the suspects in these crimes behind bars with the limited staff and resources we currently have."

Margarine still missing after truck found

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a thief who slipped away with $50,000 worth of margarine remains at large even though the truck that carried the payload has been recovered.

The trailer was parked awaiting delivery to a Target warehouse in Cedar Falls when it was stolen Dec. 10 from a parking lot near Waterloo. It was found Dec. 15 in a parking lot more than 500 miles away in Fowler, Mich.

But the thief and the margarine are nowhere to be found.

Waterloo police Capt. Rick Abben says the theft was the latest in a series of semitrailer thefts in the area during the past 18 months.

He says the others included a trailer filled with beef jerky, one loaded with dog food and one carrying dental hygiene products.

‘67 Ford Mustang stolen in Coeur d’Alene

Missing: One 1967 Ford Mustang.

The classic car was stolen from a Coeur d'Alene auto shop this month, and police are asking for help finding those responsible.

Will Sando, owner of Silverlake Automotive, discovered the trailer containing the car was missing Dec. 12 at 7:30 a.m. It was last seen Dec. 11 at 3 p.m., police said today.

An outdoor shed also was burgled and a set of tires and rims were missing. The business is located at 274 W Hanley Ave.

Anyone with information is asked to call Coeur d'Alene police at (208) 769-2320.

Suspect ID’d in Wishing Star burglary

A burglary suspect arrested after officers tracked his shoe prints in fresh snow is believed to be responsible for a series of break-ins, including one at the Wishing Star Foundation, Spokane police announced today.

 Jermaine M. Garland, 29, is in jail on $25,000 bond after his arrest late Tuesday.

Police responding to an alarm at Salon Centric, 124 E. Short Ave., tracked shoe prints to the area of East 2nd Avenue and South Sherman Street, where they found Garland and located property stolen from the salon in his backpack, as well as marijuana. Officers believe he also burglarized Peters and Sons Flowers, 512 E. Pacific Ave., police said today.

Detective David Staben developed information connection Garland to six commercial burglaries, including a Dec. 7 break-in at Wishing Star, 139 S. Sherman St., in which Christmas presents for sick children were stolen. The presents had been donated by the Washington State Patrol.

The organization has been overwhelmed with donations since then.

Garland was described in court Wednesday has having an "appreciable" criminal history. Police say he's a repeat offender; his criminal history includes several theft convictions. He was sentenced to two years in prison in 2007 after pleading guilty to first-degree attempted trafficking in stolen property.

Botox thief caught on camera; tips sought

  Coeur d'Alene police are trying to identify a woman suspected of stealing Botox treatments from a dermatology office.

The woman had $1,705 worth of Botox and Juvederm procedures done on Dec. 6 at North Idaho Dermatology, 2288 North Merrit Creek Loop. She began writing a check to pay but said her checkbook wouldn't work and she needed to get another one, but she never returned, police say.

The woman made the appointment using the name Louise Green and provided two addresses in Post Falls. Neither has checked out, police say.

The woman told employees she'd recently moved to the area from Seattle and had a referral note from a doctor in Pocatello.

Police released two surveillence photots of the woman today in hopes someone will recognize her and come forward.

Anyone with information on her identity is asked to call (208) 769-2320.