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Sirens & Gavels theft archive

SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2012

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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THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012

Convicted bank swindler John Earl Petersen is pictured in 1997. (Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review)

Con man admits swindling elderly aunt 

Convicted bank swindler John Earl Petersen is pictured in 1997. (S-R archives) A convicted con man already due to serve more than two years in federal prison has resolved a three-year-old identity theft case in Spokane County. John Earl Petersen, 61, was sentenced Wednesday to...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 29, 2012

Bank manager sentenced for $400k theft

A woman who embezzled $400,000 from the bank she managed in North Idaho for 12 years is to spend 2 1/2 years in prison. Mary Ann Head, 59, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Coeur d'Alene after pleading guilty in December to making...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 28, 2012

No charges in fatal Colville cop shooting

A Colville police officer was justified when he shot and killed a 21-year-old car prowling suspect who investigators say was armed with a stolen gun last November, prosecutors recently concluded. Officer Dan Spring Spring feared for his life when Sean Bergstrasser (pictured) grabbed a stolen...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2012

Citizen's tracking busts theft suspects

A citizen who found his stolen property at a Spokane pawn shop in November led police to identify suspects more than three months later. A detective recently reviewed reports regarding the Nov. 1 burglary in the 2700 block of North Cedar and identified Casey G....

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TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2012

Parolee Victor Luna, left, listens to his mentors Tom Murphy and Suellen Pritchard during a weekly meeting to help Luna adjust to life outside of prison on Oct. 27, 2005. Luna is a participant in the Going Home program, the Washington State Re-entry Project. (The Spokesman-Review)

SWAT team nabs property crime suspect

In this Oct. 27, 2005 photo, Parolee Victor Luna, left, listens to his mentors Tom Murphy and Suellen Pritchard during a weekly meeting to help Luna adjust to life outside of prison. Luna was arrested this morning on stolen property charges. (SRphotoarchives) A 30-year-old felon...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2012

Convicted bank swindler John Earl Petersen is pictured in 1997. (Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review)

Repeat con artist headed back to prison 

Convicted bank swindler John Earl Petersen is pictured in 1997. (S-R archives) A convicted bank swindler who boldly walked out of a Spokane courtroom three years ago to avoid arrest is headed to federal prison. John Earl Petersen, the key figure in the collapse of...

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Man wanted for stealing from grandfather

A Spokane man accused of stealing from his grandfather by forging his checks is wanted by Crime Stoppers. Bryan Henry Morales, 32, was to begin trial this week on a leading organized crime charge for allegedly directing men to cash the forged checks, which cost...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2012

TUESDAY, FEB. 7, 2012

Police: Fraud suspect bilked 17+ people 

Police say a recently arrested fraud suspected swindled people out of money through false car advertisements and Craigslist rental ads. Eric Pittsley, 35, of Newman Lake, was arrested Feb. 1 in an investigation that detectives say includes at least 17 victims, officials said today. Some...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 3, 2012

Repeat Best Buy pest charged w/ felony

A 19-time felon banned from Best Buy allegedly returned to the store 13 times in seven months, leading to a slew of felony burglary charges. Police arrested William Steven Neis, 49, at his apartment at 1119 W. 11th Street on Jan. 25. Officers had responded...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2012

Burglary suspect arrested after chase

A north Spokane County man followed a burglary suspect as he sped away from his home this afternoon, leading to a chase with a sheriff's sergeant that ended with the suspect's arrest. Harold A. Willey, 52, avoided spike strips at Bruce Road and Highway 206...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2012

MONDAY, JAN. 30, 2012

Neighbor helps busts burglary suspects

A citizen’s report of suspicious activity in north Spokane County led to the arrest of two suspected burglars this afternoon, the sheriff's office. A neighbor in the 7000 block of North Stevens Street observed the men looking into windows at a home before one climbed...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 27, 2012

'Flint Fire the Frequent Flyer' arrested 

The arrest of a woman wanted for theft since September led police to identify suspects in a residential burglary just a day earlier. Tami Jo Hearn, 50, alias Raider, had jewelry and checkbooks belonging to a homeowner in the 3300 block of West Woodside Avenue...

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Cops: woman stole soda for can deposit

LYNN, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say a Massachusetts woman bought $64 worth of soda using a stolen welfare benefits card, then immediately fed the full cans into the supermarket's automated redemption machine for the nickel deposit. Tina Cafarelli, of Lynn, pleaded not guilty Monday to...

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Potty-room pilfering reported in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A restroom rip-off in central Ohio has automatic flushers disappearing from the bathrooms at restaurants and other businesses. Police say it's been happening in at least a couple Columbus suburbs. Investigators don't know if the thefts are related. Handyman John Hahn...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2012

Patrol team arrests repeat offender, wife

A fugitive targeted by Spokane police since Jan. 11 was arrested by patrol officers Tuesday night. Shaun P. Davis, 39, was booked into jail about 11 p.m. after members of the Patrol Anti-Crime Team located him at 5015 N. Haven St., police said today. Davis...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2012

Thief drops metal for witness' cellphone

A would-be scrap metal thief ditched the material in favor of a witness' cellphone recently in Spokane Valley, police say. Shane Wendon Israel, 33, was arrested Friday after a sheriff's deputy who investigated the robbery stopped his red Dodge truck. Suspect Scott Hayden Elliott, 39,...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 2012

SATURDAY, JAN. 14, 2012

U.S. attorney helped ID burglary suspect

An assistant U.S. attorney and appointee for a federal judgeship helped identify a suspect in a string of South Hill burglaries by tracking his wife’s stolen coffee shop card. Tom Rice, who is awaiting congressional confirmation to replace former U.S. District Judge Robert Whaley, was...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 12, 2012

Citizen recognized fugitive from news

An alert citizen helped police arrest prolific theft suspect Wednesday after recognizing him from news reports. Officers found Sean Alexander Blair, 31, outside Safeway, 3900 N. Market St., after a citizen called in about 6:30 p.m. "Thank you Spokane for helping YOUR police department keep...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2012

Man wanted for stealing from Davenport

UPDATE: Blair was booked into jail about 8 p.m. Jan. 11. Police say a longtime felon dressed in casual business clothes to blend in while stealing laptops from a convention at the Davenport Hotel. Sean Alexander Blair, 31, already was facing felony theft and drug...

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Tips sought on Chevron beer robbers

Spokane police are asking for helping identifying two men who assaulted a store clerk and stole a 20-pack of beer early Monday. The men assaulted the clerk at Chevron Food Mart, 1703 E. Francis Ave., after he confronted them for stealing the beer about 12:25...

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