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Liberty Lake Police Blotter: Shoplifter escapes with paper towels, soda six-pack from full cart

Sometimes you have to know what you want in life and what’s important. For one man, it was paper towels.

A store in the 1200 block of North Liberty Lake Road called Liberty Lake Police on July 25 to report a shoplifter. The man had apparently filled his cart full of items and pushed it toward the door, said police Chief Brian Asmus.

When the man was asked to show his receipt, he reached into the cart and grabbed paper towels and a 12-pack of soda before dashing outside and jumping inside a waiting car and telling the female driver to “Go!” Asmus said.

The car couldn’t be immediately located, and the theft is under investigation.

Other calls from July 26 to Aug. 1

July 25: A purse was found in the area of Mission Avenue and Molter Road and brought to the Police Department. A resident in the 1800 block of North Winrock Street reported that someone had used his name and other information to apply for an online loan.

July 26: An $800 bike thought to be stolen from a garage in the 800 block of North Swing Street turned out to not be stolen after all. The homeowner reported that her daughter had simply used it without telling anyone. An attempted vehicle prowl was reported in the 1100 block of North Malvern Road. A man reported that someone had tried to enter a trailer, causing damage.

July 28: A man reported that a young woman living with his elderly father in the 800 block of North Swing Street had stolen his father’s cellphone, checkbook and $20 cash. The case is under investigation, as are several similar previously reported incidents. The son has obtained a vulnerable adult protection order barring the woman from contacting his father.

July 29: A resident in the 1800 block of North Holl Road reported being the victim of fraud. She received a call notifying her that she had qualified for a $9,000 grant and needed to pay $2,100 in iTunes cards for fees and insurance. The woman obtained the iTunes cards and gave the card numbers to the caller but never received the $9,000.

Aug. 1: A gas theft was reported at 8:50 a.m. in the 22300 block of East Appleway Avenue. Later in the day the suspect in the theft was located and arrested. While police had him pulled over, they learned he was a suspect in the theft of six cartons of cigarettes from the A-1 Smokestop at Stateline. The cigarettes were found in the man’s vehicle, according to police. He also was charged with driving with a suspended license.

Arrests: Police made three arrests for driving with a suspended license, one on a warrant and one for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

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