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Brothers nabbed in property crime case

Two brothers are in jail after Spokane Valley detectives found $30,000 in stolen motorcycles and other equipment in their storage unit last week.

Neal T. Johnson, 45, was arrested after Detective Brad Gilbert obtained a search warrant for his unit at Secure-It Storage, 18815 E. Cataldo Ave., and saw Johnson entering the unit last Monday. Johnson's brother, 55-year-old Kim D. Johnson, was arrested shortly after arriving at the storage unit, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

Inside the unit, detectives found a Honda 250 Enduro motorcycle stolen Nov. 10, a 2008 Vespa scooter stolen in July and two pickup engines and transmission that Washington State Patrol Detective Jeff Thoet said were stolen, according to a news release.

They also found a $10,000 diesel welder and generator stolen from a Morgan-Osgood Construction Co. storage site near the Barker Bridge last July.

The Johnsons are at the Geiger Confinement Center after appearing in Superior Court last week on stolen property and theft charges.  They're to be arraigned on Tuesday.

Neal Johnson's criminal history includes covnictions for drugs, theft, burglary and possession of stolen property. Kim Johnson was sentenced to 15 months in prison in 2007 after pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance.

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