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Sirens & Gavels theft archive

THURSDAY, AUG. 2, 2012

3 burglary suspects arrested in Valley

Three burglary suspects were arrested today during searches at two homes in Spokane Valley. Marina Florianovich, 24, Vyacheslav Znovets, 20, and Michael Mendez, 20, are accused of burglaries between June 23 and July 30 that netted thousands of dollars of jewelry, according to the Spokane...

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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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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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Thief strikes children's music nonprofit

Someone stole about $5,000 in equipment from a downtown cafe and concert house last weekend. A thief or thieves climbed in an open but barred window in the back courtyard the Village Cafe and Concert House., 171 S. Washington St., and stole recording equipment, guitars,...

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FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2012

Spokane man convicted of $700k fraud

A federal jury convicted a Spokane man of 20 felonies Thursday for a scheme that cost a Coeur d'Alene woman her high-end riverside home. Samuel Thomas Geren Jones, 31, faces up to 20 years in prison for each of 19 wire fraud counts when he's...

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THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2012

Who is this Coeur d'Alene car prowler?

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help identify a man caught on tape trying to break into vehicles at a Coeur d'Alene car lot. Surveillance video shows the man trying to enter locked vehicles at Midtown Motors, 1008 N. 4th St., July...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2012

Murdered man's apartment burglarized

The family of a Western Washington man shot and killed nearly two weeks ago went to his Liberty Lake apartment to collect his things, only to find it burglarized and his newly purchased assault rifle missing. Ryan Crews Mumm, 20, had been living in the...

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Reward targets Davenport Hotel thief

A Spokane man who stole laptop computers from a convention at the Davenport Hotel is wanted by Crime Stoppers after ditching drug addiction treatment. Sean Alexander Blair, 31, hasn't reported to the Washington Department of Corrections since leaving rehab on April 25. A no-bail warrant...

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TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2012

Burglary suspect Jay M. Shippy, 23, is arrested on Monday. (Spokane Police Department)

Boy home alone meets 'prolific burglar' 

Spokane police arrest burglary suspect Jay M. Shippy, 23, on Monday. (SPDphoto) A 13-year-old boy home alone came face to face with a man police describe as a "prolific burglar" after the thief smashed in a basement window Monday, authorities allege. The boy was at...

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Pot thief shot in head sent to prison 

A Spokane man who was shot in the head while trying to steal marijuana plants from a home last fall has sentenced to prison. Joseph A. Gariepy, 41, was shot by Darcee Kapfer as he and Raymond Paul Bates, 49, tried to steal marijuana plants...

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SATURDAY, JULY 14, 2012

Police recovered this 1985 Super Bowl ring belonging to to Stefan Humphries after it was stolen in a burglary in June. Other memorabilia still is missing. (Spokane Police Department)

Ex-NFL player hopes for return of rings

Police recovered this 1985 Super Bowl ring belonging to to Stefan Humphries after it was stolen in a burglary in June. Other memorabilia still is missing. (SPDphoto) A former pro football player whose championship rings were stolen when his home was ransacked in Spokane says...

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FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2012

La. cop fired for stealing suspect's phone

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A 27-year-old police officer in Louisiana has resigned after authorities say he stole an iPhone from the scene of a drunken-driving crash. Cpl. Tommy Stubbs, a police spokesman in Baton Rouge, says the phone wasn't in the car when the...

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THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2012

Rose Bowl ring stolen in Spokane found

A Rose Bowl championship ring belonging to former Spokane doctor and ex-pro football player Stefan Humphries was among items recovered during a recent police investigation into a series of burglaries in the Spokane area. But police still are looking for a Denver Broncos AFC Championship...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2012

2 arrested in Spokane Valley burglary

Two men were arrested on suspicion of burglary Monday after a Spokane Valley man and his daughter arrived home in the middle of the day to find a possibly armed burglar walking from their backyard. Nathanial Brooks Hubbard, 20, and Robert E. Best, IV, 25,...

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MONDAY, JULY 9, 2012

Man arrested in stolen lawnmower caper 

A man wanted for violating his Department of Corrections probation was arrested after escaping a garage burglary in Greenacres on a stolen lawnmower, police say. Robert G. Morey, 22, is accused of stealing firearms and valuable coins from a home in the 5500 block of...

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TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2012

51-time felon accused in car prowlings 

A 51-time felon who was told by a judge 10 years ago that "the system's had enough of you" is back in jail for property crimes police suspect are related to his severe heroin addiction. Brian Lee Danner, 40, was stopped last week in the...

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Car stolen at knifepoint during cleaning

A woman was carjacked as she vacuumed her Chevy Camaro at a car wash near Browne's Addition Saturday night, Spokane police say. Larry D. Vermillion, 43, is accused of stealing the woman's car at knifepoint from the Brown Bear car wash, 1821 W. Sunset Ave.,...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2012

Alleged mail thieves jailed without bail 

A federal prosecutor said she's "appalled" by the number of people who had their mail stolen in in a suspected regional theft ring and may seek aggravating circumstances against four suspects. "This is an ongoing, every day thing," Assistant U.S. Attorney Pam Byerly said. "This...

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9.5 tons of garlic stolen in Austria 

VIENNA (AP) — Austrian police did not need sniffing dogs to locate this suspected heist — 9.5 tons of garlic. The Austria Press Agency says police stopped three overloaded and sagging vans about to cross into Hungary from Austria on Wednesday and found them packed...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2012

60+ felonies sought in burglary ring 

Spokane County sheriff's detectivs are recommending about 60 felony charges against four suspects in a burglary ring that victimized more than 20 people. Denis Buljubasic, 27; Bojan Derzic, 31; Susan Burke, 50; and Dwayne Gunderson, 28, are accused of a burglary spree that was discovered...

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Car prowling surge reported in Spokane

Spokane police are combating a surge in vehicle prowling with a new public awareness campaign aimed at preventing it. The "Remove it or Lose it" campaign, which officially begins July 9, aims to help citizens remember to keep valuables out of plain sight in their...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2012

Shelter-seeking prowling suspect busted

A man arrested for prowling a car in Spokane Valley had a radio control car with him, and police are trying to find the owner. Justin Wayne Croson, 27, told the maintenance manager at an apartment complex in the 2400 block of North Cherry Road...

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Heaps of stolen mail found in Spokane 

About 1,000 pieces of mail stolen from hundreds of people in Eastern Washington and North Idaho were recovered in Spokane on Monday. Police had been investigating the thefts since a woman reported seeing a white car with two men and two women stealing from mailboxes...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2012

$10k diamond earrings stolen in Valley

Two sets of diamond earrings valued at $10,000 were stolen from a Spokane Valley home on Saturday, and Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that solve the case. One set contains 14-karat, white gold, with two solitaire diamonds suspended by a thin gold...

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Detectives are looking for help in identifying a man who burglarized a home in north Spokane County earlier this month.
A photo released today from the homeowner's game camera shows a man wearing gloves leaving the backdoor of the home in the 3100 block of East Deer Park-Milan Road.  The homeowners returned from an eight-day vacation June 8 and discovered the break-in.
His accomplice, identified by police as Christopher John Steinbaugh, 32, was arrested last week on a residential burglary charge.
Police are asking for anyone with information on the man's identify to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233 and reference case #12-176653.
Steinbaugh already is charged with property crimes for arrests in March and May, including one that occurred when a sheriff's detective recognized him at a pawn shop. (Crime Check)

Home burglar caught on tape - who is it?

Detectives are looking for help in identifying a man who burglarized a home in north Spokane County earlier this month. A photo released today from the homeowner's game camera shows a man wearing gloves leaving the backdoor of the home in the 3100 block of...

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