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Sirens & Gavels shoplifting archive

FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014

TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2014

TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2012

Police are trying to identify a man who headbutted a WalMart cashier while shoplifting last week.

An image from a surveillance video shows the man at the store on East Broadway Avenue in Spokane Valley.

A cashier told police he approached the man when he saw him walking toward the west exit with a large bulge in his sweatshirt about 12:45 a.m. July 24.

The man tried to exit, but the doors were locked, so he headbutted the cashier and escaped through a fire exit, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. The thief dropped stolen items in the process.

The Sheriff''s Office released the surveillance photo today in hopes someone will recognize the man.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jack Rosenthal at (509) 220-6424 or at (509) 477-3186. (Spokane County Sheriff's Office)

WalMart shoplifter headbutts cashier

Police are trying to identify a man who headbutted a WalMart cashier while shoplifting last week. An image from a surveillance video shows the man at the store on East Broadway Avenue in Spokane Valley. A cashier told police he approached the man when he...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2012

Idaho burglary suspect arrested in Valley 

A suspect in a string of burglaries in North Idaho was arrested Friday after a shoplifting incident turned violent at the Spokane Valley Wal-Mart. Susan Burke, 50, was out of custody on $5,000 bond awaiting trial in Kootenai County when a store security officer spotted...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2012

TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2012

Kohl's theft report leads to meth arrest

A report of attempted shoplifting at a Spokane Valley department store led to a felony drug arrest after police searched the suspect's car. Employees at Kohl's, 16301 East Broadway Ave., called 911 Monday and said a woman was inside placing items by the door as...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 3, 2012

Repeat Best Buy pest charged w/ felony

A 19-time felon banned from Best Buy allegedly returned to the store 13 times in seven months, leading to a slew of felony burglary charges. Police arrested William Steven Neis, 49, at his apartment at 1119 W. 11th Street on Jan. 25. Officers had responded...

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MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2012

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. 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. (surveillence image)

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...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4, 2012

FRIDAY, DEC. 16, 2011

Suspects arrested after pocket dialing 911

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Police in Wisconsin's capital city barely had to try to catch a pair of unlucky suspected thieves. Madison police say two men in their late 20s stole DVDs and computer games from a Target store Tuesday and discussed their plans to...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 15, 2011

Docs can't reattach ear in hatchet attack

SEATTLE (AP) — The brother of a Longview, Wash., security guard who was attacked by a shoplifter with a hatchet says doctors weren't able to reattach his ear. Police arrested Adrian Kramer (pictured) on Wednesday for investigation of assault, robbery, burglary and theft. Authorities say...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 8, 2011

Mall robbery suspect arrested at Costco

Police say a man who stole a pair of shoes at knifepoint from the Northtown Mall on Wednesday had asked the store employee for help with his out-of-gas car just before the robbery. The employee helped the man pushed his Red Dodge Ram pickup into...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7, 2011

Theft turns to robbery at Northtown Mall

Police are looking for a man who pulled a knife on a shoe store employee Tuesday night at the Northtown Mall. The manager at Champs Sports told officers the man tried on a pair of shoes, then left without paying and threatened the manager with...

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THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2011

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011

Police: Thief busted with 'smart food'

Here's a news release from Spokane Valley police spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan titled, "Stolen “Smart Food” No Help to Thief." A 24-year-old Spokane man was arrested Tuesday evening after he attempted to steal $329 worth of Blu Ray DVD’s and an egg roll, a burrito...

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FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011

Charges: Thefts cost Seattle stores $6M

SEATTLE (AP) — The crime appeared petty on the surveillance video: a mother-daughter team of heroin-addict shoplifters nonchalantly wheeling a cart of boosted items through the open sliding doors of a grocery store. But their arrest early last year led investigators to the organizers of...

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MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2011

86'd from Walmart, return leads to arrest

A Spokane woman banned from all Walmarts was arrested for felony burglary Sunday after returning to the Spokane Valley store. Billee Jo Koller, 36, tried to steal more than $80 in men's clothing from the store at 15727 E. Broadway Ave., according to the Spokane...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26, 2011

Police chase rekindles robbery charge 

A man arrested in a police pursuit that damaged two patrol cars late Monday has been charged with robbery for an alleged incident at the Northtown Mall in November. Kenneth S. Crowston, 47, (pictured in 2003) is charged with second-degree robbery after a Sears security...

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MONDAY, JAN. 10, 2011

Woman can't shake felony's impact

Kristin Bell had what she calls a moment of weakness that has turned into a 2 1/2-year legal nightmare and forced her to give up a dream of ever working as a grade-school teacher. Bell, 24, admits that she foolishly stole $163 worth of items...

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MONDAY, JAN. 3, 2011

Spokane theft suspect aids in own arrest 

Police say a Spokane Valley man suspected of robbery made it easy for them on Sunday: He let employees copy his driver’s license number before leaving the store. But Delano Edward Jennings, 47, was ordered released from jail Monday because prosecutors didn’t have the necessary...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 22, 2010

25k bond for suspect stopped by cop car 

A theft suspect accidentally caught by police after fleeing a downtown Spokane clothing store remains in jail on $25,000 bond and a probation hold. Gavin D. Wolf, 24, (pictured in 2008) appeared in Superior Court Tuesday on a second-degree robbery charge. A passing patrol car...

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MONDAY, MARCH 29, 2010

Police: Would-be shoplifter turns robber

A would-be shoplifting suspect faces a second-degree robbery charge after store employees said he assaulted them. Daniel F. Barcellos, Jr., 40, ran from the Big R store, 8307 East Trent Ave., on Saturday with a $200 leather jacket before trying to punch and shove three...

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