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Sirens & Gavels theft archive

TUESDAY, FEB. 1, 2011

New charges in senior home break-ins

A Spokane man suspected of burglarizing South Hill retirement homes has been charged with burglarizing another center in Spokane Valley. Pavel V. Altukhov, 23, faces three counts of residential burglary and one count of second-degree burglary for break-ins at apartments at the Park Place Retirement...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 28, 2011

Burglar wanted after ditching drug rehab 

A convicted Spokane burglar who was given drug treatment instead of prison is wanted by police after leaving his rehabilitation center. Richard C. Hebert, 23, was ordered in December to complete residential drug treatment in lieu of a two-year prison sentence but left the center...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 27, 2011

Valley theft, burglary spree earns 2 years

A crime spree that included vehicle prowling, burglary and prescription fraud earned a 23-year-old Spokane Valley woman about two years in prison this week. Jenalee Jean Hall, who police say is a cousin of Eddie Ray Hall , was sentenced Tuesday to 25 months in...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26, 2011

Watchful woman helps bust theft suspect

A suspected car prowler was arrested early today after a woman spotted him stash stolen property before he pilfered a neighbor's garage. Loren Camron Kintner, 31, was arrested near Trent Avenue and Ella Street following the report of suspicious activity in the 8100 block of...

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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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FRIDAY, JAN. 21, 2011

Juror links defendant to home burglary

A Spokane woman never imagined that serving on the jury of a burglar would solve her burglary, as well. “In all my time as a prosecutor, that’s the first time I had a juror solve her own case,” Deputy Prosecutor Bob Sargent said. “What are...

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Wash. bird-watcher spots his stolen van

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — While Devan Miller was bird watching recently on Olympic Peninsula, he saw bald eagles, kingfishers, woodpeckers and his stolen Volkswagen Vanagon. Miller told The Peninsula Daily News the van was so badly damaged he almost didn't recognize it. The top...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 14, 2011

Reward offered for tips on Avista theft 

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that solve a burglary in which two Spokane-area companies lost more than $5000 in copper wire and power tools. The crime is believed to have occurred between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. Wednesday at an Avista Utilities...

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Photos show suspects in gift card fraud

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that identify a man and woman who,k between Dec. 1 and Dec. 3, used stolen credit card information to reload Visa gift cards purchased from Safeway at 1001 N. 4th St. in Coeur d'Alene. The thieves used...

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Would-be john alleges theft by prostitute

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A Mankato man landed in jail after calling 911 and telling police a prostitute failed to deliver on his $200 payment. Authorities say the 26-year-old man called police from the Super 8 motel in Mankato Wednesday and told officers he agreed...

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Man reports snake theft 14 months later

IRONWOOD, Mich. (AP) — Police in Michigan's remote western Upper Peninsula probably won't make a recent snake theft complaint a high priority. That's because the man reporting is pet stolen says it happened in November 2009. The Daily Globe says the Ironwood man filed the...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 13, 2011

2 arrested in Valley post office break-in

An observant postal inspector arrested two mail theft suspects this week after recognizing them from surveillance video. Tony L. Gust, 31, and Dustin C. Hoyle, 22, were arrested Tuesday after admitting to breaking into post office boxes at the Opportunity station and stealing mail, according...

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Pizza shop burglar escapes with dough

A burglar stole a credit card reader and a small amount of cash from a Spokane Valley pizza shop overnight Tuesday. The owner of Buck's Pizza, 13221 E. 32nd Ave., told police the thief pried open a back door and an interior door to access...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 11, 2011

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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FRIDAY, JAN. 7, 2011

Pa. 'gurney attorney' gets court deadline

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — An attorney charged with stealing $99,000 from two elderly couples he represented has met a judge's deadline to appear in court for trial. Fifty-three-year-old Mark Morrison didn't appear for trial Monday after his attorney said he couldn't arrange for an ambulance...

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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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FRIDAY, DEC. 31, 2010

'One-man crime wave' headed to prison

A 30-time felon described by police as a "one-man crime wave" is headed to a Washington prison for a short-lived crime spree in Spokane last spring. Ricky Wayne Everett, 33, was sentenced to 43 months in prison this month for theft of a motor vehicle....

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THURSDAY, DEC. 30, 2010

Burglary spree earns man 29 months

A burglary spree at Spokane convenience stores last winter recently earned a 30-year-old man about two years in prison. Michael L. Yamaguchi was sentenced to 29 months in prison for burglary and car theft charges related to eight burglaries, a few in which cars stolen...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 29, 2010

Retired clerk suspected of major theft

Kootenai County’s former chief deputy clerk is suspected of embezzling $138,905 over a 10-year period ending in October, a Coeur d’Alene Police Department spokesman said this morning. Sandy Martinson, 62, has not been charged or arrested, said Sgt. Christie Wood with the Coeur d’Alene Police....

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TUESDAY, DEC. 28, 2010

Suspected Grinch jailed in package thefts

Two men arrested last week may each be the Inland Northwest's version of the Grinch. Steven J. Karvela, 39, is suspected of stealing Christmas package from Spokane homes, then selling the would-be gifts at pawn shops. Joseph Michael O’Masters, 43, of Hayden Lake, was arrested...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 22, 2010

Stolen tarp leads to trio of arrests

Spokane Valley police arrested a trio of commercial burglars early today after officers caught them stealing items from a construction shed. A neighbor called police shortly after midnight and reported a suspicious pickup truck parked in the 4900 block of East Sixth. Officers found three...

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Thieves strike Christian thrift shop

Spokane police are looking for help identifying two men who stole from a Christian school's thrift shop. Surveillance video shows the men remove the rug, which is worth more than $750, from a wall of the Northwest Christian Thrift Shop, 6607 N. Maple St., last...

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