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Sirens & Gavels theft archive

TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2010

Has the Barefoot Bandit hit the Midwest?

SEATTLE (AP) — Police in the Midwest are investigating whether an infamous teen burglar from Washington state is behind a string of break-ins and car thefts, officials said Monday. Colton Harris-Moore, a 6-foot-5 19-year-old from Camano Island, Wash., escaped from a halfway house south of...

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Tips sought on highway safety sign thefts

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that identify the thieves who stole batteries from construction zone signs in the Highway 395 and North Spokane Corridor. The thefts, which occurred between 9 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday, rendered the two reader boards useless...

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MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2010

Charges filed in gravesite flower thefts

Felony charges have been filed against a Spokane man accused of stealing Memorial Day flowers from gravesites and selling them outside his home. Robert P. Sullivan, 45, is due in court this month after prosecutors filed second-degree theft and first-degree trafficking in stolen property charges...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2010

Cop leaving work bags burglary suspect

A teenager was arrested Thursday after a police detective leaving work spotted him prowling a business near the Spokane Valley police precinct on East Sprague, then found a burglary victim's bank cards and driver's license in his back pack. Tyler J. Keiper, 19, is accused...

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Developer pleads not guilty to theft

A once-prominent Spokane land developer pleaded not guilty to several felonies related to an alleged drug and stolen property ring investigators believe he ran from his Long Lake home. Joseph G. Ward, 62, founder of Pinnacle Realty, is charged with two counts of first-degree theft,...

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MONDAY, JUNE 14, 2010

Gamblers plead not guilty in $540,000 theft

A Spokane couple who described themselves to police as successful gamblers are accused of stealing nearly $540,000 from a Spokane rental agency. George L. and Kathy A. Bagwell pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree theft today. The couple had worked for real estate...

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Jim Falkner, executive director of Catholic Cemeteries of Spokane, holds  one of the 61 Memorial Day planters that were recovered among those stolen over the past 10 days. The flowers are now on the shelves in the greenhouse at Holy Cross Cemetery.  (Dan Pelle)

Still no arrests in gravesite flower thefts

A woman who sold Memorial Day flowers stolen from Catholic cemeteries told Spokane police she didn't know the items were stolen. The woman, who has not been arrested, said she got the flower pots from a relative, police said today. But police determined the flowers...

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School PTO thief must repay $22,000

A former elementary school PTO treasurer is to repay $22,000 in stolen donations after pleading guilty to two felony theft charges this week. Theresa L. Dewitt also was sentenced to a year probation in a plea deal approved Tuesday in Superior Court. The longtime Whitman...

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Developer charged in drugs, sex, theft probe

A once-prominent Spokane land developer has been charged with several felonies related to an alleged drug and stolen property ring investigators believe he ran from his Long Lake home. Joseph G. Ward, 62, is due in Spokane County Superior Court within the next two weeks...

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FRIDAY, MAY 28, 2010

26 felonies against trio of burglary suspects

What a difference an arrest makes. Hours after a man already suspected in a string of burglaries last fall was arrested in a new break-in, prosecutors filed felony charges recommended by detectives in April. Michael L. Yamaguchi, 29, and Stephen Victor, 19, appeared in Superiro...

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'Judge Judy' spot helps ID fraud suspect

An appearance on the TV reality show “Judge Judy” has brought a Spokane man more than just 15 minutes of syndicated fame. Joshua J. Mulvey, 26, now faces new criminal charges in an Internet fraud scheme after a Snohomish County man who saw the episode...

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THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2010

Spokane County Sheriff's Detective Dan Spivey goes through miscellaneous mail on the porch of Jim Rash, left, on Wednesday after Ricky Wayne Everett was arrested nearby. Everett lived at Rash’s home as a friend of his teenage grandson. Spivey and other investigators took most of Everett’s possessions as evidence, including mail. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

'One-man crime wave' accused of assault

A Maryland fugitive described by local police as a "one-man crime wave" is accused of assaulting a nurse at Deaconess Medical Center Wednesday night. Ricky W. Everett, 33, appeared in Superior Court this afternoon on a third-degree assault charge after hospital staff and jails deputies...

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TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2010

Tips sought on Nordstrom purse snatchers

Spokane police are looking for two women who stole expensive purses from Nordstrom on Sunday. Surveillance photos show the women in the downtown Spokane store about 3:30 p.m, police said. They left in a red, four-door car. One woman had her dark hair in a...

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THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2010


Stolen mail tied to Spokane ID theft scheme

An investigation into stolen mail led detectives to an identity theft scheme allegedly orchestrated by a Spokane woman they say was “kind of relieved” when she was arrested. “She dw.ckltold us we were good,” Spokane County sheriff’s Detective Dean MeyerÖ said of the suspect, Jacquelyn...

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Oxy addict, mom tied to church burglaries

A series of church burglaries busted by police last week apparently began four months ago when a young man stole a purse from a Mormon church with his mother. The suspect, Andy W. Hoke, 24, told police he used stolen credit cards to buy expensive...

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FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2010

Due in court: McBride the wedding crasher

A woman who crashed weddings and looted the gift piles is in trouble again. Pamula K. McBride, 46, was in a felony diversion program for stealing a cart full of groceries from Fred Meyer when police arrested her last August on theft charges in connection...

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Rare rifle helps catch Boundary Co. burglar 

A 21-year-old North Idaho man will spend at least two years in prison for ransacking a Boundary County vacation home last fall.Cory S. Eccles, of Eastport, threw a 5-pound rock through the window of a vacant cabin on Deep Creek Loop in November and took...

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Reward offered for tips in stolen check case

Thieves recently stole a woman's purse from a car in the Indian Trial area then tried cashing stolen checks at two Spokane stores. Now Spokane police are looking for help identifying suspects caught on camera at both stores. The car prowling occurred April 27, the...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2010

Valley woman loses $3,000 in classic scam

Law enforcement is again warning of a swindle known as the grandparents scam after a 77-year-old Spokane County woman sent $3,000 to a con man claiming to be her grandson. The woman sent the money to Kent, England on Wednesday after receiving a call from...

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Prison for 'runaway train of criminal conduct'

A career burglar described by a judge as a “runaway train of criminal conduct” was denied drug treatment Thursday and sentenced to more than four years in prison. Christopher J. Cannata, 37, was given 51 months in prison for a string of burglaries that began...

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No charges yet in alleged Lilac Lanes theft

No charges have been filed against two former Spokane casino employees who were arrested on suspicion of stealing nearly $175,000 from the business.Eddie S. Williams, 44, and Shari Cawley, 41, were to be arraigned today in Spokane County Superior Court, but Judge Greg Sypolt canceled...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2010

'Problem gambler' accused of theft, forgery

A Spokane woman who reportedly told police she's a problem gambler is accused of stealing more than $10,000 from her employer.Wendy J. Tappa, 55, was arrested Thursday on charges of fraud and first-degree theft after Spokane Valley police say she forged and cashed checks from...

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