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Sirens & Gavels theft archive

THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012

Duo arrested for mall-related crimes

A woman and man arrested at the Spokane Valley Mall with stolen credit cards led to an investigation into a series of property crimes. Tabitha Dawn Creel, 30, and John Andrew Howard, 29, are accused of buying gift cards with stolen credit cards, then trying...

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Suspect arrested in fitness center thefts

Detectives have identified a suspect in a series of thefts at fitness centers in Spokane and Kootenai counties. James D. Tilley, 28, was arrested Tuesday on 16 felony charges related to gym locker break-ins and car prowlings at gyms across the region, including at Spokane...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2012

Homeowner spots suspected prowlers

A Spokane Valley homeowner spotted two suspected prowlers looking at his car early today, leading police to arrest a suspect. The man opened the front door to his home in the 2800 block of South Davis Road after seeing two men - one with a...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2012

Insurance agent gets 2 years for fraud

A former insurance agent and executive director of the Spokane Food Bank has been sentenced to two years in prison for fraud. James K. Sokolis, 56, is to be on probation for three years after his release and pay about $356,000 restitution, which is the...

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MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2012

Thief hits Homeland Security officer's car 

A Spokane woman is accused of stealing a federal Homeland Security officer's passport and and using it to pawn two stolen rifles. Investigators identified Amanda Wayne Macklin, 23, as a suspect after finding her number in Double Eagle Pawn's phone records. They say she called...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2012

Thief steals flag from man in chicken suit

MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) — Manchester, Conn., police are investigating the theft of an American flag from a man in a chicken suit. The Hartford Courant reports (http://cour.at/ML9gUJ ) that Eric Didio was waving the flag and dancing outside a newly renovated Boston Market restaurant Wednesday...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2012

Alleged ring thieves can't stay away 

Two Western Washington residents in Coeur d'Alene for just three days were arrested for theft after returning to the victim store the next day, according to police. Jeffrey M. Platt, 43, and Alyson M. O'Hara, 37, are accused of stealing three rings from the Wiggett...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2012

Neighbor's call leads to meth, 2 arrests

A report of a burglary at a vacant home in near Holy Cross Cemetery in north Spokane Tuesday led deputies to arrest two people and seize a methamphetamine and a backpack stolen in a vehicle prowling last March. Christine Lorrain Blumenshein, 40, and Robert K....

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TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2012

AG's office warns of magazine scam

Here's a news release from Deputy Craig Chamberlin, spokesman for the Spokane County Sheriff's Office: On Monday, June 4th, 2012, the Liberty Lake Police Department Contacted a magazine company called Strickly Business 1. The company was attempting to sell magazine subscriptions door to door without...

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MONDAY, JUNE 4, 2012

Motorcycle sounds help break burglary

The sounds of motorcycles led sheriff's deputies in Pend Oreille County to identify two burglary suspects this week. Sean T. Ponder, 26, and Reesa M. Yancy, 23, were arrested last week after a residential burglary on Deer Valley Road near Newport. They're accused of stealing...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012

Suspect in prosecutor's burglary jailed

A man accused of burglarizing a Spokane County deputy prosecutor's garage was arrested for another burglary just eight days after he left jail. Chance Karl Occhipinti, 42, was free on $3,500 bond when he and a friend broke into a garage in the 1000 block...

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Ohio woman broke into house to clean 

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — Police in suburban Cleveland say a woman who owns a cleaning service broke into a house and washed the dishes, took out the trash, and vacuumed before leaving a handwritten bill with her name on it. And police say it might...

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THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2012

Girlfriend of alleged serial burglar jailed

The girlfriend of a suspected serial burglar was arrested today for her alleged role in the spree. Tawnya Ann Werre, 43, joins her boyfriend, Dean Michael Blackford, in the Spokane County Jail, where Blackford (pictured) has been since his arrest April 24. Investigators believe Werre...

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3 linked to 24 Spokane Co. burglaries

Sheriff's investigators believe they've solved 24 residential burglaries in the Spokane County area. Members of the Burglary Task Force are recommending 64 felony charges be filed against suspects Jessica L. Davis, 25; Randle "Kyle Phelps, 29; and Jay M. Shippy, 23. Davis, the alleged ring...

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TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2012

Burglary suspects 'afraid' of task force

One of two suspected serial burglars arrested in Oldtown, Idaho, recently told investigators they were afraid to burglarize homes in Spokane County because of the recent surge in property crime arrests here, officials say. Jessica L. Davis, 25, and Randle "Kyle" Phelps, 29, were followed...

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FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012

Man gets 10+ years for home robbery

A Spokane man has been sentenced to about 10 years in prison for a gunpoint robbery last year. Jeremy L. Standon, 30, has an extensive criminal history that includes convictions for first-degree robbery, unlawful possession of a firearm, money laundering, drug possession, second-degree identity theft,...

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Suspected serial burglar gets 9 years

One of two brothers suspected in a series of Spokane County burglaries has been sentenced to nine years in prison. Donald G. Myhren, 30, pleaded guilty to residential burglary for a break-in last year and was sentenced this week to 108 months. He still faces...

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Theft victim uploads video of suspect

By DINESH RAMDE,Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin man whose camcorder was briefly stolen has found a way to get back at the suspected thief: He uploaded to YouTube a video that the suspect took with the camera, a clip in which the man...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2012

Police bust burglary suspect in 4 hours

A burglary suspect was arrested within four hours thanks to an alert neighbor and quick-responding Spokane police property crimes detectives. A resident called 911 about 11 a.m. Tuesday to report a burglary in progress in the 700 block of North Elgin Street. The neighbor described...

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Serial theft suspect charged, again 

The suspected leader of a burglary ring that victimized homes in the Spokane area has been charged by prosecutors. Randall T. Smeltzer, 33, is to be arraigned May 30 on burglary, theft and meth charges. He's accused of burglarizing a home in the 3500 block...

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TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2012

'Secret Shopper' loses $1,000 in fraud 

Authorities are reminding people to be cautious when responding to purported "Secret Shopper" and other offers through email or phone after a Spokane Valley woman lost nearly $1,000. The woman told a sheriff's deputy on Monday that she responded to an email asking if she...

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$40k in copper stripped from building

About $40,000 worth of copper was stolen from a business in Spokane Valley last weekend. A manager of a building in the 4600 block of East Sprague Avenue that's used as a trailer storage told a sheriff's deputy on Monday that he noticed insulation on...

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MONDAY, MAY 21, 2012

Women arrested in Oxycodone fraud

Two women are accused of trying to obtain the powerful prescription painkiller Oxycodone through fraudulent prescriptions Sunday night at a Spokane Valley pharmacy. Police were called about 6 p.m. after a pharmacist at a store in the 13400 block of East Sprague Avenue realizing a...

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Metal theft nets $250k restitution

A man who stole metal as part of a licensed business has been ordered to pay about $250,000 in restitution. Tristan M. Goiri-Christensen, 26, a former Crime Stoppers fugitive, pleaded guilty last week to first-degree theft and eight counts of first-degree trafficking in stolen property...

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FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

Swallowed jewel: This, too, shall pass

WINDSOR, Ontario (AP) — Police in Canada say they are waiting for a man accused of stealing a $20,000 diamond and swallowing it to produce the evidence. It has been nearly a week since Richard Mackenzie Matthews, 52, is alleged to have switched a diamond...

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