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Sirens & Gavels theft archive


Feds: Woman stole from CdA tribal group

A Spokane woman is accused of stealing nearly $30,000 from the Coeur d'Alene Tribal Housing Authority. Debora J. Zimmerman, 46, was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury for embezzlement from an Indian tribal organization, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Wednesday. An arraignment date has...

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Home loses $20k in items to burglary

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help solve a south Spokane County residential burglary in which about $20,000 in items was stolen. A homeowner reported electronics, firearms, bank cards and jewelry among items stolen from the home in the area of the...

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Man's keen eye nabs burglary suspect

A homeowner interrupted a burglary Wednesday afternoon and provided such a thorough description of the man that police were able to arrest a suspect about an hour later The victim was at his home in the 1700 block of East Illinois Avenue about 2 p.m....

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$14k in video game items stolen in Valley

More than $14,000 in merchandise was stolen from a Spokane Valley video game store late Monday or early Tuesday. The owner of Game On in the 11800 block of East 1st Avenue told police the store was burglarized overnight and eight X-box gaming systems were...

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13-time felon accused of gun burglary 

A burglary suspect accused of stealing a truck and gun from a northwest Spokane home is a repeat offender with a 19-year history of property crimes, police say. Grant Douglas Brough, 35, was one of two men who ran from a traffic stop near East...

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Man arrested, released, arrested again

A 45-year-old Spokane man was arrested last week after deputies responded to a suspicious vehicle at a north Spokane construction company. Theodore Francis Gilman was booked into jail Thursday on second-degree burglary and theft of a motor vehicle charges after deputies found him driving a...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012

Clerk notices stolen card is her mom's

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Police say a teen fraudster's cunning credit card plot was foiled by a Pennsylvania convenience store clerk who noticed her own mother's name on the card. Manor Township police say the clerk also recognized the teen as a former classmate when...

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'Grandparents scam' costs man $20k 

Authorities are again warning of the "grandparents scam" after a north Spokane County man wired nearly $20,000 to Peru. The man said he received a call about 10 a.m. Tuesday from a man he thought was his grandson. The caller said he needed $2,400 to...

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Tips sought on another 'Nook' theft

Police are again looking for tips on the theft of Nook tablets from the Spokane Valley Barnes and Noble, this time for a break-in early March 5. Officers responded to an alarm at the store, 15310 E. Indiana Ave., at 5:52 a.m. and found a...

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Property crime detectives are asking for helping identify two men who may have information about electronic reading tablets stolen from the Barnes and Noble bookstore in Spokane Valley last week.
The theft occurred March 4 just before 6 p.m. Police today releases surveillance photos of the men in hopes someone will recognize them. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233. (Spokane Valley Police Department)

Tips sought on suspects in 'Nook' theft

Property crime detectives are asking for help identifying two men who may have information about electronic "Nook" reading tablets stolen from the Barnes and Noble bookstore in Spokane Valley last week. The theft occurred March 4 just before 6 p.m. The Spokane Valley Police Department...

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Idaho burglary suspect arrested in Valley 

A suspect in a string of burglaries in North Idaho was arrested Friday after a shoplifting incident turned violent at the Spokane Valley Wal-Mart. Susan Burke, 50, was out of custody on $5,000 bond awaiting trial in Kootenai County when a store security officer spotted...

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MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2012

Man arrested for school district tool theft

A tip to Crime Check helped police identify a suspect in a burglary at the East Valley School District maintenance office recently. Christopher David Evans, 29, was arrested today by East Valley School Resource Officer Scott Streltzoff for the Jan. 27 burglary, according to the...

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Deer Park house 'rental' actually a scam

Brooke Bear was surprised when several people stopped by her home interested in renting it. They referenced the ad she posted on Craigslist, but she isn’t renting out the house; she’s selling it, and she never posted an ad on Craigslist. Bear knew something was...

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Thief posts Facebook pic of judge's loot

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in South Florida say a man is facing charges after he was seen in a photo on Facebook holding a judge's stolen nameplate. Twenty-one-year-old Steven Mulhall was arrested Thursday on violation of probation charges. Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti...

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K-9, 'copter catch car theft suspect 

A sheriff's dog tracked a car theft suspect who fled a crash in Spokane Valley early today. The K-9, Brax, located Justin C. Luce, 32, hiding near a tree about two blocks from the crash near 600 N. Walnut Road, which occurred after Luce fled...

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Spokane thieves target Bogart, Newman

Six stolen portraits of old movie stars led to a Spokane woman's arrest on drug and burglary charges Monday. A resident in the 3600 block of East 21st Avenue arrived home about 8:40 a.m. to find a silver Toyota parked in his driveway, according to...

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Kohl's theft report leads to meth arrest

A report of attempted shoplifting at a Spokane Valley department store led to a felony drug arrest after police searched the suspect's car. Employees at Kohl's, 16301 East Broadway Ave., called 911 Monday and said a woman was inside placing items by the door as...

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Tips sought on Valley school break-in

Police are looking for information on a vandalism and attempted theft at a Spokane Valley elementary school early Saturday. Officers responded to an alarm at Greenacres Elementary School in the 17915 E. Fourth St. about 2:57 a.m. They arrived to find a window pried out...

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5 arrested in Adams Co. home invasion

Five people have been arrested for a home-invasion robbery in Adams County Friday that targeted a couple living with their 3-year-old son. Roger Martinez, 20, of Othello; Julia JiJon, 18, of Warden; Diego Mendez, 19, of Othello; and Rocky Mendoza, 18, of Othello; and a...

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Wishing Star burglar gets prison, rehab

A homeless methamphetamine addict who burglarized a charity and stole Christmas presents for sick children is to spend about three years in prison. Jermaine Marcell Garland, 29, also will be on probation for 37 months that will include drug treatment, said Superior Court Judge Sam...

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Teen arrested hours after leaving jail

An 18-year-old man allowed to leave the Spokane County Jail after an arrest for burglary this week made good on his promise to return to court - but not in the right way. Reshawn S. Zinnerman was arrested in connection with another burglary that occurred...

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