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Sirens & Gavels theft archive

THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2010

Robbery victim's stash: Sex toy, syringes 

A robbery suspect arrested in a Spokane Valley water park after his truck ran out of gas reportedly told police he arranged to buy methamphetamine from the victim but robbed her instead. Police found a pornographic video, a sex toy, condoms, syringes, plastic baggies along...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2010

Tips sought on suspects in home looting

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that helps arrest two men accused of burglarizing a home, then filling the family's Dodge Durango with the loot and stealing it. Anthony T. Falasco, 28, (left) and Marcus R. Jolly, 27 (right), are wanted for the...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2010

Officer Jake Jensen runs his K-9 partner Duke over an obstacle Wednesday at the Spokane Regional Training Center. Jensen and Duke, as well as Yakima police Officer Jared Nesary and his K-9 partner Bruno, graduated Wednesday from the Spokane Police Patrol Dog School. Duke came from the SPD’s Puppy Program, where older police dogs are bred and the puppies trained by the department, saving money over buying a fully-trained dog.  (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

K-9 nabs 2 burglary suspects after crash

A police dog helped catch two teenagers accused of burglarizing an East Boone Avenue building supply store this morning. Officers saw two men run from Allied Building Supplies, 2808 E. Boone Ave., to a car that fled until crashing in the area of East Garnet...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2010


Lilac Lanes managers accused of theft 

The top managers at Spokane's Lilac Lanes are accused of stealing nearly $175,000 from the business. Eddie S. Williams, 44, and Shari Cawley were arrested today at the bowling alley and gambling hall, located at 1112 East Magnesium Road. Washington State Gambling Commission investigators say...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2010

Trio of burglary suspects faces 30 felonies

Three people arrested for burglaries in early February are believed to be responsible for a string of break-ins throughout Spokane County that began in November, the Spokane Valley Police Department announced today.Police are recommending 30 felony charges against Michael Yamaguchi, 29, Stephen Victor, 19, and...

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Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that solve two recent Coeur d'Alene church burglaries.
Cash, keys, food, guitars and tools were stolen from the First Christian Church, 610 N. 4th St., and the St. Thomas Catholic Church, 919 E. Indiana Ave., between Wednesday evening and this morning, according to Crime Stoppers. Police say the man pictured was involved in at least one of the burglaries. (Crime Stoppers)

Suspect named in CdA church burglaries

A suspect has been identified in two burglaries at Coeur d'Alene churches last fall. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest Scott Anthony Osborne, 39. Osborne is accused of stealing cash, keys, food, guitars and tools from the First Christian Church,...

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2 charged in Hanford credit-card scheme

A former Hanford manager and his wife are facing criminal charges for allegedly using a company credit card to spend $487,000 on personal items. Paul F. Kempf and Anita M. Gust are charged with conspiracy to commit fraud and criminal wire fraud in U.S. District...

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MONDAY, MARCH 29, 2010

Police: Would-be shoplifter turns robber

A would-be shoplifting suspect faces a second-degree robbery charge after store employees said he assaulted them. Daniel F. Barcellos, Jr., 40, ran from the Big R store, 8307 East Trent Ave., on Saturday with a $200 leather jacket before trying to punch and shove three...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010

Theft suspect arrested after stopping cop

OREM, Utah (AP) — Utah police say a man accused of stealing two phones from a convenience store was arrested when he flagged down the investigating officer and asked for directions. Police say the officer noticed that John White (left) matched the description a store...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 2010

Stolen property bust linked to ID theft ring

A big stolen property bust that culminated with five raids yesterday appears to be connected to a big identity theft ring detectives uncovered a couple weeks ago. Ronald R. Foreman is accused of masterminding a multi-state check fraud ring that bilked businesses out of thousands...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2010

Bust could solve 100+ burglaries, prowlings

An interstate fuel theft investigation unveiled hundreds of pieces of suspected stolen property Tuesday after law enforcement arrested seven people and seized heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine.Law enforcement raided five places early Tuesday that Spokane County Sheriff’s detectives say could be connected to more than 100...

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MONDAY, MARCH 22, 2010

Another arrested in gang-related homicide

Another man has been arrested in connection with an unsolved gang-related shooting in January. Justin A. Battle, 29, is accused of possessing the stolen Ruger mini rifle police think was used to kill 38-year-old John S. Williams in an alley behind 5405 N. Crestline on...

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MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2010

Fraud suspect hid $26,000 in bra, police say 

Employees found $26,000 in the bra of an accused thief booked into Spokane County Jail on Friday. Lukeisha A. Harris, 24, the only suspect in an accused three-person fraud team who's been able to post bail, stashed the cash with several bank receipts, according to...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010

Judge: No jail furlough for Strollin' Nolan

A man with more than 50 criminal convictions who 12 years ago escaped from police headquarters, then mailed back his handcuffs, was denied a furlough from jail Friday to deal with the recent death of his mother. Fred W. Nolan, Jr., requested a leave from...

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Man who steals to 'make ends meet' arrested

A man who once said he stole as "to make ends meet" was arrested Friday after sheriff’s deputies said he returned to the scene of a burglary. Dustin L. Lang, 29, threatened a witness with a knife after being confronted about breaking into a garage...

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MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2010

Police warn of scams against elderly

Police are warning of a scam targeting the elderly after a conman nearly bilked an 89-year-old Spokane Valley woman out of $2,500 last week. The man called and said he was reviewing employees at a Spokane financial institution "to see if they were handling her...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010

Drug-addicted ATM thief gets 2 years

A longtime felon will serve about two years in prison for a rash of ATM thefts in early 2009 that the court ruled was driven by his drug addiction. Keith G. Simpson, 44, was sentenced to 25 months in prison after pleading guilty to five...

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Reward offered for tips on burglary suspect

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest of a man suspected in a recent pair of residential burglaries. Marcus R. Jolly, 27, is wanted for possession of a stolen motor vehicle. He was named as a burglary suspect last...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 25, 2010

3 arrested in Pullman-Spokane crime spree

A drug and stolen property crime spree was uncovered early Tuesday when a Spokane County sheriff's deputy stopped to check on a stranded SUV.Investigators think 24-year-old Yan Yefremov - who had been out of jail on bail in another case - and James W. Peterschick,...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24, 2010

3 charged with early '09 ATM thefts

A rash of burglaries last fall in which stolen vehicles were used to smash through storefronts to take ATMs came about at the same time Spokane saw a rise in car thefts. The crime spree was carried out in a manner similar to a string...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 19, 2010

Conman steals elderly homeowner's wallet 

A man conned his way into an elderly Spokane couple home last weekend and stole a wallet, now Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that identify him.The couple, both in their late 80s, allowed the man into their home in the 8100 block...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 18, 2010

Craigslist fraud leads Spokane police to CdA 

A Craigslist scheme that stretched from Spokane to Miami led police to a Coeur d'Alene hotel this week, where they arrested a suspect accused of duping unsuspecting buyers through fraudulent advertisements. Joshua J. Mulvey, 25, was arrested on a second-degree theft charge Tuesday at Motel...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17, 2010

$750,000 bond for Claude Irwin

A disbarred lawyer on the run for more than a decade returned to Spokane this week to face an accusation that he stole money from a dead client’s estate. Claude K. Irwin, Jr., appeared in Superior Court on Wednesday through a video feed from the...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10, 2010

Ex-caregiver gets 30 days for scheme

A caregiver who tried to steal money from a dead man will spend a month in jail, a judge ruled today.Ronald L. Brown, 41, has 10 days to report to the Spokane County Jail to serve a 30-day sentence imposed this morning by Superior Court...

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