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Sirens & Gavels theft archive

SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012

Gas theft helps cops bust burglary ring 

A fuel theft at a Spokane Valley gas station this week led police to uncover a suspected burglary ring, officials said Friday. Bojan Derzic, 30, told police he'd committed 10 to 15 burglaries in recent months after he was arrested for allegedly stealing fuel at...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012

'Baby's momma' call helps nab suspect

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — Thanks to a ringing cellphone with an incoming call from "Baby's momma," police in Michigan say they were able to track down a suspected robber. Investigators in Bay City said a cellphone was found on the ground of a convenience...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is trying to identify the owners of suspected stolen property seized Tuesday after a resident reported suspicious activity in Spokane Valley.
Officials found the items, which include silverware, jewelry and medical cards, in a car that Curtis McKelvey, 28, was driving when sheriff's Deputy Ebel stopped him for driving with expired tabs near Liberty and Argonne roads about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, sheriff's spokesman Deputy Craig Chamberlin said today.
Ebel was looking for the vehicle after a neighbors in the area of 7900 East Gunning Drive reported two suspicious men who'd walked into a backyard after backing a vehicle into a driveway.
McKelvey told Ebel he and his friend were in the area looking for work, Chamberlin said. He later said he was a heroin addict who needed money to buy more.
He allowed members of the sheriff's office burglary task force to search his car, where they located the suspected stolen property, along with bolt cutters, gloves and shaved car keys.
McKelvey was arrested on a felony warrant out of Adams County.
Photos of the property are available on the Sheriff's Office website or Facebook page. Victims who can identify their belongings should call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233 with the number o their theft report. You must provide proof of ownership to get your items back. (Spokane County Sheriff's Office)

Stolen property seized. Is it yours?

All photos of the property are available on the Sheriff's Office website or Facebook page. The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is trying to identify the owners of suspected stolen property seized Tuesday after a resident reported suspicious activity north of Spokane Valley. Officials found the...

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Felon leads police to guns, stolen car

Deputies in Spokane Valley found two suspected stolen firearms Tuesday while contacting a woman who was driving with a suspended license, officials said today. Jill A. Benton, 27, told deputies she placed a backpack in the bed of a truck next to her vehicle in...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012

Tips sought on CdA gymnasium thefts 

Coeur d'Alene police are asking for help identifying men believed to be responsible for thefts at local gymnasiums. At least two gyms have reported at least four thefts since March 20 in which thieves walk into the gyms and help themselves to keys and wallets...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012

The Spokane Sheriff's Office is looking for the owner of a wedding ring set that was found after two suspected bicycle thieves were arrested Monday.

Corrections deputies recovered the rings from the front pants pocket of Damen J. Banning, 34, while booking him into jail on suspicion of first-degree trafficking in stolen property. (Spokane County Sheriff's Office)

Wedding ring set recovered in bike theft

The Spokane Sheriff's Office is looking for the owner of a wedding ring set that was found after two suspected bicycle thieves were arrested Monday. Corrections deputies recovered the rings from the front pants pocket of Damen J. Banning, 34, while booking him into jail...

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Shari's customers robbed of laptops

Two customers at Shari's restaurant in northwest Spokane had their laptops stolen out of their hands Sunday, police say. The women were sitting in a booth about 4:50 p.m. when a man walked up, slammed a MacBook shut and grabbed it from one of them,...

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MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2012

Valley police arrest 4 burglary suspects

Police on Friday arrested four men considered to be "well known burglars" responsible for crimes in Spokane Valley, officials said today. A Spokane Valley night-shift patrol platoon led by Sgt. Don Manning focused on the area of 400 North University Road and the area of...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2012

Thieves strip home of copper piping

Thieves stripped a near-empty north Spokane home of copper piping on Tuesday, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. A neighbor who watches the home in the area of 8700 N. Country Homes Blvd. said the home appeared normal when he left for work about...

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Car prowling suspect begs for leniency

A 21-year-old vehicle prowling suspect chased down by a Spokane County sheriff's deputy Tuesday night begged for leniency and said he had recently been released from prison, officials say. Orlando Jaramillo, who was a Crime Stoppers fugitive just two months ago, told Deputy Robert Satake...

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Owners of stolen sports cards sought

Sports cards were recovered during a recent investigation into a burglary ring, and detectives are looking for their owners. Detectives believe the cards were stolen in the last six months during residential burglaries in Spokane County. Suspects Dustin J. Myhren, 26, and Donald G. Myhren,...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 2012

Fugitive arrested for alleged ring heist

A property crime suspect sought for weeks by Crime Stoppers and Spokane police was arrested Friday after stealing an expensive ring from Fred Meyer, officers say. Taylor Aleck Contos, 29, was a passenger in a black truck matching the description of the vehicle used in...

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Brothers suspected in big burglary ring

Two brothers already facing trial for a burglary last year are suspected of a series of burglaries in Spokane and Stevens counties. Dustin J. Myhren, 26, and Donald G. Myhren, 30, were arrested Saturday after a detective reviewing burglary reports noticed that the description of...

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MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2012

More charges for back-to-back arrestee

A teenage burglary suspect arrested for another alleged burglary just hours after he left jail is now charged in a third case. Reshawn S. Zinnerman, 18, is accused of burglarizing a home in he 1600 block of North Napa Street Feb. 8. Police say he...

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Reward targets property crime couple

Crime Stoppers is targeting a couple accused of stealing more than $40,000 in guns, jewelry and electronics from the wife's mother. Tiffany N. Russell, alias Thompson, and Kevin C. Russell, both 34, are accused of burglarizing her mother's storage unit at 11018 E. Sprague Ave....

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FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012

Woman arrested on 109 felonies released 

A Spokane County health care employee accused of stealing money from a 79-year-old woman was released from jail today after appearing in court on 109 felony charges. Deanna M. Purser, 50, was arrested Wednesday after a sheriff's investigation alleged she'd been making unauthorized purchases and...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2012

Post Falls police released this photo and others Thursday of stolen property seized with a recent search warrant. (Post Falls Police Department)

Stolen property in Idaho - recognize it?

Theft and burglary victims in the Kootenai County area should check out photos of suspected stolen property seized by police recently. Post Falls police released photos of the items Thursday in hopes the owners will come forward. View all the photos here. Police seized the...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012

Health care worker arrested for theft

A Spokane County home health care employee is accused of stealing money from a 79-year-old woman she'd cared for since 2003. Deanna M. Purser, 50, was arrested today after a lengthy investigation by Spokane County sheriff's Detective Tamie Spitzer alleged she'd been making unauthorized purchases...

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Cops warn of South Hill magazine fraud

Authorities are warning of a a young man on the South Hill who's scamming residents out of money by selling fraudulent magazine subscriptions. A resident reported to Crime Check Monday that a 17- to 18-year-old boy came to her home on Friday and said he...

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Man pleads guilty in bank fraud case

An Arizona man who helped a North Idaho woman commit bank fraud has pleaded guilty. Charles Earl Baker, 32, faces up to 30 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years of probation when he's sentenced June 19 in U.S. District Court in Coeru...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2012

Reward for tips on $15k jewelry heist

A man's home was burglarized of about $15,000 jewelry after he left for about five hours Monday, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that solve the burglary, which occurred near the 7500 block of West 51st...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012

Spokane man admits stealing $350k

A Spokane man who embezzled more than $350,000 from a Coeur d'Alene insurance company has pleaded guilty to three federal felonies. James K. Sokolis, 56, faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of probation when he's sentenced June 12...

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Cops seek prolific property crime suspect

Spokane police are asking for help finding a prolific property crime suspect wanted on six felony cases. Taylor Aleck Contos, 29, left the Pioneer Center East drug treatment center on Feb. 20 and has not been located since, according to court documents. A no-bail warrant...

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