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Reward offered for information on string of north Spokane burglaries

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 4, 2020

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of suspects in a string of three burglaries at the same north Spokane home last month.

According to a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office news release, the home in the 7800 block of North Adams Street in the Town and Country Neighborhood was burglarized three times between July 3 and 11.

Investigators found some of the stolen property pawned at Pawn 1, 3220 N. Monroe St., according to the release.

Using transaction information obtained from the pawn shop, investigators developed probable cause to arrest two suspects in connection with the robberies.

Joseph E. Rowley, 40, was booked into the Spokane County Jail on July 14 on charges of residential burglary and trafficking in stolen property stemming from the July 11 burglary. Rowley is in custody at the Geiger Corrections Center on $2,500 bail.

Christopher D. Sheldon, 43, was booked into jail July 28 on burglary charges stemming from the July 3 and July 8 burglaries. Sheldon, who also has been charged with several unrelated crimes while in custody, has been convicted of felonies 30 times, according to the sheriff’s office release. His bail is set at $56,000.

Cpl. Mark Gregory, sheriff’s office spokesman, said investigators believe one or more people may have assisted Sheldon and Rowley in the burglaries based on surveillance images from the victim’s home.

Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest, an independent civilian organization, is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of additional suspects involved with the case.

Tips can be left anonymously using the case reference number No. 10087910 via the Crime Stoppers tip line at (800) 222-TIPS or online at Those leaving tips do not have to give a name to receive the reward money.

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