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Sirens & Gavels theft archive

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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Glass-eating scheme leads to prison

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts woman has been sentenced to more than four years in prison after admitting that she and her husband intentionally ate glass particles, then submitted false insurance claims. Mary Evano was also ordered Tuesday to pay more than $340,000 in restitution....

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TUESDAY, DEC. 21, 2010

Woman duped in 'grandparents scam'

Law enforcement is again warning of a swindle known as the grandparents scam after a 79-year-old Spokane Valley woman sent money to a con man claiming to be her grandson. The woman called Crime Check on Monday and said a man claiming to be her...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 17, 2010

3rd suspect arrested in robbery spree

A third suspect in a series of convenience store robberies was arrested early today. Aaron L. Goldstein, 18, was caught trespassing inside a building in the 400 block of South Bernard and driven to the Public Safety Building, where interviews with Spokane County sheriff's Detective...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 16, 2010

Video shows Group Health purse theft

Spokane police are looking for tips that help identify two people who stole a purse from the lobby of a health care building. Surveillance video shows a man and woman entering the lobby of Group Heath Cooperative, 322 W. North River Drive, about 11:50 a.m....

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Gold coins stolen in August recovered

The case of the missing gold coins has become one of recovered treasure – at least partly. Spokane County Sheriff’s Detective Richard Gere has located some, and has information that may lead to the recovery of many more, of the gold and silver coins boosted...

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Burglary locks down elementary school

Spokane Valley police were searching Wednesday for at least three intruders who ransacked the home of Ernie Creach, son of slain Spokane Valley pastor Wayne Scott Creach.Ernie Creach said his wife, Laura, arrived at their home Wednesday with their two young children and saw people...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 15, 2010

Cash Fry, 2 others arrested in gas theft

Three men suspected of trying to steal fuel from a commercial van were arrested early Tuesday. Frank Millard Fry, 48; Cash L. Fry, 46; and Douglas Lee Curtis, 48, were jailed on theft charges after Spokane County sheriff's Deputy Darin Powers drove past Twilight Bedding,...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 14, 2010

Man arrested in sports card crime spree

A Spokane man remains in jail on $40,000 bond for an alleged theft spree at area sports cards shops. Robert J. Frates, 27,went to Sports Cards Northwest, 13800 E. Sprague Ave., on Nov. 11 and offered to trade some cards for other merchandise. The owner...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 10, 2010

Stolen truck pursuit ends at Wal-Mart

Three people were arrested after a police chase, which included a near head-on crash, led officers to the Airway Heights Wal-Mart.The incident began about 11:45 a.m. Thursday when a resident in the 500 block of North Martin in Medical Lake said his 2002 Ford Ranger...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 9, 2010

Shattered glass seized in prowling arrest

A recent vehicle prowl police patrol near Gonzaga University led to the arrest of a 32-year-old Spokane man and the seizure of shattered glass inside his backpack.Spokane police Corporal Kevin Keller was in street clothes and an unmarked car near East Cataldo Avenue and North...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 8, 2010

Man in 100 mph chase gets 100 months

A 23-year-old Spokane man once considered one of the city's top 10 repeat offenders was sentenced this morning to eight years in prison. Allen S. Easley was in and out of jail several times last spring for property crimes and a freeway chase with police...

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Cops: Thief struck after finding corpse

Police say a Spokane man had an unusual reaction to his grandfather’s death: grand theft. Anthony S. Jungen, 19, was ordered held Tuesday at the Spokane County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail on theft allegations that border on the macabre. Police say Jungen found...

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Gambling man owes mother $137,000

A Spokane man was ordered this week to repay his mother nearly $140,000 after bilking her out of the cash to fund his gambling addiction.Mark B. English, 52, also was ordered to serve 90 days in jail, three times as long as a plea agreement...

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Police: Thief targeted retirement homes

A 23-year-old Spokane man is suspected of a string of burglaries at South Hill retirement homes.Police say they found more than 1,000 pieces of jewelry in a car owned by Pavel V. Altukhov, who investigators believe has been stealing from elderly retirement home residents since...

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MONDAY, DEC. 6, 2010

Police are trying to identify two beer thieves who assaulted someone outside a convenience sore last month.
The man and woman stole beer from 7-Eleven, 323 W. Indiana, about 4:05 a.m. on Nov. 14, Spokane police said today.
The man assaulted someone outside the store before fleeing. Police have not said if the victim was a customer or store clerk.
The woman is described as white, 5-foot-7, 160 pounds, about 35 years old with shoulder-length brown hair and blond highlights. She wore a baggy jacket and shorts.
The man was described as white with a shaved head.
Surveillance video captured an image of the woman.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. (Spokane Police Department)

Photo shows 7-Eleven beer robber

Police are trying to identify two beer thieves who assaulted a clerk outside a convenience sore last month.The man and woman stole beer from 7-Eleven, 323 W. Indiana Ave., about 4:05 a.m. on Nov. 14, Spokane police said today.The man assaulted a clerk outside the...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 2, 2010

Snowy footprints lead to fleeing suspect

A teenager already targeted by Crime Stoppers was arrested Wednesday night after a Spokane County sheriff's deputy followed his footprints through snowy north Spokane County woods. Anthony Deshon Fuerte, 18, was reported to have broken an acquaintance's car window and threatened to kill him while...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 30, 2010

Felon wanted after missing trial date

A longtime Spokane felon who didn't show up for his trial on theft and stolen property charges is wanted by police. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest repeat offender Kevin Leon Schimpf, 52, who has a 26-year criminal history in...

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MONDAY, NOV. 29, 2010

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...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 24, 2010

Gunman in botched carjacking sentenced

Unable to complete sentences between tears, 56-year-old Donald Young explained how being shot in a botched carjacking last year “messed up” his life.The man responsible, Joseph P. Ellery, 31, (pictured) pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree assault in exchange for prosecutors dropping other charges, including first-degree...

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MONDAY, NOV. 22, 2010

Task force links Idaho duo to 13 crimes

A North Idaho law enforcement task force has connected 13 crimes to two people in what authorities describe as a large stolen property investigation. Justin Lee Christian, 39, of Kellogg, and Amanda Dawn Erickson, 24, of Coeur d'Alene, are in the Kootenai County Jail on...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 19, 2010

Mead pot shop burgled 2x in 1 week

Detectives are investigating the second burglary at a Mead medical marijuana dispensary in a week.Spokane County sheriff's deputies responded to a commercial burglary alarm at Evergreen Medical Inc., 12004 N. Market, about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday and found the south side door open with the Plexiglas...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 18, 2010

Tips sought on Avista copper caper 

Thieves stole more than $1,000 worth of copper cable from an Avista substation in north Spokane this week.Police are looking for tips on whoever cut the padlock at 8307 N. Regal and stole the coils of copper, which were discovered missing about 6:30 .am. Wednesday.A...

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Deal possible in Barefoot Bandit case

SEATTLE (AP) — The attorney for the teenager accused of being the "Barefoot Bandit" is working with prosecutors to negotiate a plea deal the lawyer says could involve using movie- or book-deal profits to compensate the victims of an alleged two-year, cross-country crime spree. Through...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 17, 2010

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest thieves who used stolen credit cards to buy $18,000 in computer equipment and other items.
The credit cards were stolen from a 64-year-old woman who was shopping at Rosauer's, 9414 N. Division St., then used to buy merchandise that same day. More than $7,000 was spent at the Target store at 13724 E. Sprague Ave.  in Spokane Valley. 
The theft occurred July 29. Spokane County sheriff's detectives haven't not been able to identify the man and woman picture on surveillance cameras using the stolen cards.  (Crime Stoppers)

Tips sought on credit card thieves

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest thieves who used stolen credit cards to buy $18,000 in computer equipment and other items. The credit cards were stolen from a 64-year-old woman who was shopping at Rosauers, 9414 N. Division St., then...

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