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Sirens & Gavels stolen vehicles archive

FRIDAY, AUG. 10, 2012



A woman being pursued by police crashed a stolen car into a house in north Spokane Wednesday then tried to hide in a stranger's garage, police say.
Kristina M. Groce, 21, ran from the crash at 4906 N. Pittsburg St. and entered a home at 1711 E. Wabash Ave., uninvited, asked to use the phone and told the homeowner not to call police, according to court documents.
Officer Dan Cole tried to stop Groce after realizing the 2003 Toyota Celica she was driving was stolen. Cole said Groce drove over 60 mph and ran a stop sign at Nevada and Wabash before crashing into the home.
"Luckily no children were in the yard when the stolen car went onto sidewalk under cyclone fence and into corner of house," police wrote on Facebook.
The car's owner was at a laundromat earlier that day when someone grabbed his keys and stole his it, police say. (Spokane Police Department)

Woman crashes stolen car into house

Police released this photo of the crash at North Pittsburg Street and East Wabash Avenue Wednesday. A woman being pursued by police crashed a stolen car into a house in north Spokane Wednesday then tried to hide in a stranger's garage, police say. Kristina M....

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THURSDAY, AUG. 9, 2012

Tips sought on CdA gun, car thefts 

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that solve a gun and car theft at a Coeur d'Alene business. Someone entered Tate Engineering, 1103 N. 4th St., early July 30 and stolen two guns and credit cards, as well as a 2003 GMC Sierra...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 8, 2012

TUESDAY, AUG. 7, 2012

2 charged in attempted carjacking

Two suspected car thieves tried to steal a vehicle from a stranger outside a north Spokane restaurant, police say. Bennie Lee Carson, 31, and Charles A. Nickens, 27, followed the man north on North Division Street and confronted him when he pulled into the McDonald's...

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TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2012

Exercising man loses BMW, gun, wallet

A car was recovered minutes after it was stolenin north Spokane recently when the alleged thief’s friend turned him in. The 73-year-old owner, Robert B. Renz, parked his 2006 BMW at 8121 N. Division St. before exercising at the North Park Athletic Club on Friday....

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2012

Police eluder left prison 3 months ago

A Spokane man released from prison in April is back behind bars after leading police on a chase in a stolen car, authorities allege. Zachary J. Schackel, 26, is to be arraigned today on charges of theft of a motor vehicle and attempting to elude...

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FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2012

Police push 'Remove it or Lose It!'

The advice to citizens from Spokane police is simple: Take valuables out of cars or risk being a willing victim of vehicle prowlers waiting to smash, grab and go. In response to a rash of prowling-related crimes across the Spokane area, police launched an awareness...

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TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2012

Owner, neighbor stop church car thief

Two men stopped a car theft in progress and held the suspect until police arrived, authorities say. Brandon A. Huffman, 30, is accused of trying to steal the car after finding it parked and running in back of a church at 728 E. Rich Ave....

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TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2012


Man arrested w/ stolen SUV after chase

A man was arrested at gunpoint early Sunday after leading a state trooper on a high-speed chase from Interstate 90 to the Gonzaga University area. Charles A. Castro, 31, was driving a black SUV east on the freeway when he changed lanes to take the...

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SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2012

Two arrested after high-speed chase

Two young people in a stolen car led a sheriff's deputy on a high-speed chase in Spokane Valley on Thursday. Jordy Scott DeBoer, 20, and Nicole Dawn Singer, 23, were in a green Honda Accord when Deputy Brian Hirzel tried to stop it near North...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2012

2 cars crash on tracks in wild chase

A wild car chase on Sunday ended in a father and son's vehicles crashing off railroad tracks into trees and a suspected thief getting away, police said Tuesday. Authorities are asking for tips on the car thief, who they say stole a car from a...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2012

Repeat offender sentenced to 4+ years

A repeat offender has been sentenced to about four years in prison for drug and property crimes. Christopher Bruce Gooch, 35, was given an exceptionally high sentence of 50 months in prison. He's in the Spokane County Jail awaiting transport to prison. A jury convicted...

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MONDAY, JUNE 4, 2012

Homeowner's info links car theft, burglary

Sheriff's deputies linked a car theft Memorial Day weekend to a residential burglary in Spokane Valley because the victim homeowner wrote down the license plate of the thief's getaway car, officials said today. A man who owns a home in the area of 4600 E....

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TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2012

THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012

Steele witness sentenced for car theft

A key defense witness for imprisoned murder-for-hire plotter Edgar Steele has been sentenced to prison in Washington for stealing cars. Daryl J. Hollingsworth, 41, pleaded guilty this week to two counts of second-degree taking a motor vehicle without permission and was sentenced to 22 months...

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THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2012

Reward for tips on stolen for-sale cars

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead them to five vehicles stolen from Kootenai County car dealerships in the past two months. A reward also is available for tips on the people who stole them. According to Coeur d'Alene police Sgt. Christie...

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TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2012

THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012

Felon leads police to guns, stolen car

Deputies in Spokane Valley found two suspected stolen firearms Tuesday while contacting a woman who was driving with a suspended license, officials said today. Jill A. Benton, 27, told deputies she placed a backpack in the bed of a truck next to her vehicle in...

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MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2012

Boy arrested for DUI after police chase

A 17-year-old boy in a stolen van was arrested for drunken driving after running into a fast food restaurant, then disabling his front tires by running over a curb. The boy also faces charges of attempting to elude police, possession of a stolen vehicle, hit...

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MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2012

Car in road reveals stolen truck, warrants

A police corporal located a vehicle stolen from Lincoln County early today in Spokane Valley. Cpl. Dave Ellis arrested four people on warrants with the help of sheriff's deputies after he contacting a man and woman triyng to move an Olds Cutlass from he middle...

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2 arrested after chase w/ stolen truck

A sheriff deputy's attempted traffic stop led to a chase with a stolen truck Sunday night. The driver and his passenger fled the truck near Haven Street after city police officers disabled its front and rear passenger tires at the intersection of North Market Street...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2012

Spokane police bust suspect chop shop

A stolen Honda Civic located outside a north Spokane garage Tuesday led police to raid a suspected chop shop and arrest two men. Dennis A. Martynenko, 23, and Brandon C. Hill, 18, were booked into jail on two counts of possession of a stolen motor...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2012

K-9, 'copter catch car theft suspect 

A sheriff's dog tracked a car theft suspect who fled a crash in Spokane Valley early today. The K-9, Brax, located Justin C. Luce, 32, hiding near a tree about two blocks from the crash near 600 N. Walnut Road, which occurred after Luce fled...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2012

Chase in stolen rental car leads to arrest

Spokane police arrested the fleeing driver of a stolen rental car after a using their patrol car to stop the vehicle late Tuesday. Christopher B. Gooch, 35, told police his cousin told him the car was stolen when police pulled up next to them, and...

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