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Sirens & Gavels theft archive

THURSDAY, AUG. 12, 2010

Father, daughter wanted for theft, burglary 

A father and daughter suspected in a series of burglaries late last year is wanted by Crime Stoppers after failing to show up for court. The burglary spree included thefts at a barn, several units at Valleyway Self Storage and a Spokane Valley landscaping company.Sara...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 11, 2010

Cops report stolen elk horns, other oddities

Here's the latest dispatch from Sgt. Dave Reagan, spokesman for the Spokane Valley Police Department:"Sometime overnight Monday, someone stole a set of unmounted elk horns from behind Moffat’s Taxidermy in the 8900 block of E. Euclid. The medium set of 6x6 horns was valued at...

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MONDAY, AUG. 9, 2010

Convicted conman accused of fraud, again

A former state legislative candidate convicted in a federal fraud case four years ago is back in trouble, this time related to a proposed condo development in North Idaho and an alleged Internet-based scam similar to his previous crime. Travis J. “TJ” Sneed, 27, also...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 4, 2010

Burglary ring leads to marijuana grow house

A string of apartment burglaries led police to a marijuana growing operation after the theft suspects admitted to stealing hydroponic grow equipment. William F. Searight, 22, is to be arraigned today on charges related to nine burglaries at Spokane Valley apartment complexes in March. Jonothan...

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THURSDAY, JULY 29, 2010

Spokane woman admits to bilking Medicaid

A 55-year-old Spokane woman avoided jail but was ordered to repay $16,575 after admitting this week to bilking Medicaid.Dea Ann Wagner's 30-day jail sentence was converted to 240 hours of community service. She'll be probation for a year, according to the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud...

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FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2010

John Henry Browne, attorney for Colton Harris-Moore, speaks with reporters Thursday, July 22, 2010, at the U.S. Courthouse in Seattle. Harris-Moore, the 19-year-old accused in a two-year string of thefts from Washington state to the Caribbean, did not seek bail in his first court appearance Thursday in Washington state and will remain jailed. Federal prosecutors said Harris-Moore poses "an extreme risk of flight" and should remain jailed until his trial.  (Elaine Thompson / (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson))

Bandit's lawyer: 'He was scared to death'

After Colton Harris-Moore's brief appearance in U.S. District Court in Seattle Thursday, his prominent Seattle defense lawyer had a message for the teen's apparent admirers. "For any of the kids out there that think this is fun, it is not," John Henry Browne told news...

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THURSDAY, JULY 22, 2010

Colton Harris-Moore disembarks from an airplane as he arrives at Boeing Field in Seattle on Wednesday, July 21, 2010. The alleged "Barefoot Bandit" is back in Washington state, where authorities say he began a two-year multistate crime spree. (AP Photo/KOMOnews)  (KOMO News)

Barefoot Bandit returns to Washington state

SEATTLE (AP) — The alleged "Barefoot Bandit" is back in Washington state, where authorities say he began a two-year multistate crime spree. Colton Harris-Moore arrived Wednesday afternoon from Miami on a U.S. Marshals plane and was promptly transferred to a federal detention facility in SeaTac,...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 2010

20 felonies for 'nemesis' of property owners 

A suspected serial burglar who tried fleeing court in April is to be arraigned Wednesday on 20 felonies related to a six-month string of break ins in the Spokane area. Cole T. Monson, 36, described by law enforcement as the "nemesis" of property owners, is...

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MONDAY, JULY 19, 2010

Police are looking for help identifying a burglar who stole electronics from two Spokane Valley schools in early July.
The thief ransacked the Valley Christian School, 10212 E. Ninth, and the Early Learning Center, 10304 E. Ninth, the first weekend of July. 
Security video shows a man at Valley Christian School about 2:30 a.m. July 3 walking through hallways and trying to open doors and windows.  An Ipod and a small amount of cash were stolen, along with three laptops from the Early Learning Center.
The burglar is a then white man who wore Carhartt-style overalls and a black sleeveless shirt. Anyone with information on him is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233. (Spokane County Sheriff's Office)

Burglar hits preschool, Christian school

Police are looking for help identifying a burglar who stole electronics from two Spokane Valley schools in early July. The thief ransacked the Valley Christian School, 10212 E. Ninth, and the Early Learning Center, 10304 E. Ninth, the first weekend of July. Security video shows...

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THURSDAY, JULY 15, 2010

Barefoot Bandit appears in Miami courtroom

MIAMI (AP) — The teenager dubbed the "Barefoot Bandit" by authorities will cool his heels in a Miami jail at least two more days while he sorts out which attorney will represent him. At his first U.S. court appearance Wednesday since his arrest in the...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 2010

Car w/ stolen loot leads to police standoff

A police standoff in West Central Spokane closed part of Boone Avenue today as Washington State Patrol detectives arrested a suspect in dozens of vehicle prowlings. The investigation began July 6 after a troopers found stolen property in a Honda Accord that had been stolen...

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Tips sought on 'top 10' criminal's location

A man whose alleged property crimes include the theft of a sheriff detective's gun and FBI identification card is wanted by Crime Stoppers. James W. Peterschick, 28, is wanted for driving with a suspended license, but he's also suspected in a series of property crimes...

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TUESDAY, JULY 13, 2010

SUNDAY, JULY 11, 2010

Barefoot Bandit arrested on boat in Bahamas

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — The teenage "Barefoot Bandit" who allegedly stole cars, boats and airplanes to dodge U.S. law enforcement was nabbed today as he tried to make a water escape then brought handcuffed — and shoeless — to the capital, abruptly ending his two-year...

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FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2010

Teen bandit may have stolen boat to escape

MARSH HARBOUR, Bahamas (AP) — A teen fugitive from Washington who has successfully eluded teams of local police and FBI agents may have slipped off the island where he allegedly crash-landed a stolen plane nearly a week ago, police said today. Authorities are investigating a...

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THURSDAY, JULY 8, 2010

FBI wanted poster for Colton Harris-Moore. (FBI)

Barefoot Bandit linked to Bahamas break-ins

MARSH HARBOUR, Bahamas (AP) — A teenage fugitive from Washington with a celebrated history of escapes has allegedly committed several nighttime burglaries in the Bahamas, eluding an FBI-aided manhunt on the sliver of an island where he crash-landed a stolen plane. Investigators pursuing Colton Harris-Moore...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, 2010

Barefoot Bandit's mom: Phone home, Colt

As authorities search the Bahamas for Colton Harris-Moore, his mother has sent a message to him through The Associated Press. "Colt is not to be flying a single engine-plane," said Pam Kohler, saying she was worried about engine failure. "When I heard that, that just...

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TUESDAY, JULY 6, 2010

Has the Barefoot Bandit hit the Bahamas? 

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Police were hunting across a tourist island Tuesday for signs of a pilot who vanished after wrecking a small plane in the Bahamas and investigators in the U.S. turned their suspicions toward an American teenager on the run dubbed "the Barefoot...

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FRIDAY, JULY 2, 2010

Prints link Barefoot Bandit to South Dakota

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — Fingerprints found at the scene of a Yankton burglary match those of the "Barefoot Bandit," South Dakota authorities confirm. Yankton assistant police chief Jerry Hisek says he was notified today that state Division of Criminal Investigation found three of 19-year-old Colton...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 2010

Kid's football league thief to repay $13,000

A woman who stole money from a children's football league will repay nearly $13,000 and perform community service, a judge ruled this week. Diann L. Brown, 50, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in jail with credit for one day served, but the sentence was...

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Nebraska warrant issued for Barefoot Bandit

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) — Police have issued an arrest warrant for a teen burglar known as "The Barefoot Bandit" after surveillance cameras apparently captured images of him at a northeast Nebraska airport the same day that an SUV was stolen from there. Police have also...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2010

Felon admits to bilking DSHS of $96,000

A man admitted today to defrauding the state Department of Health and Social Services of nearly $100,000. Robert J. Childress, 34, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree theft and one count of second-degree theft. Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno approved a plea deal that...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 2010

Spokane duo arraigned in vintage car heist 

Two convicted felons accused of a burglary in which an antique Ford car was stolen pleaded not guilty this week in Spokane County Superior Court. The suspects, Susan Burke, 48, and Shane P. Venziano, 34, (pictured in 2006) were arrested June 7 after police found...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2010

Tips sought on 3 Spokane Valley burglaries

Police are looking for tips on recent burglaries at two Spokane Valley child care centers and a coffee stand. Someone stole a Dell laptop computer from Kindercare, 422 N. Mullan Road, between 6:30 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Monday. About that same time, someone stole...

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