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Lock your cars! Vehicle theft spikes in COVID-19 pandemic

The coronavirus hasn’t been kind to car owners. With more people than ever staying home to lessen the spread of COVID-19, their sedans, pickup trucks and SUVs are parked unattended …

UPDATED: Tue., May 19, 2020

Spokane man convicted of possessing stolen vehicle has conviction tossed by Washington Appellate Court

Alex M. Jones, 33, is in custody at Airway Heights Corrections Center on guilty verdicts in multiple cases. But a Spokane County prosecutor misstated the law during a jury trial …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019

Man accused of repeatedly stealing cars from dealership in north Spokane

Wayne R. Mellgren was arrested early Thursday for allegedly trying to steal a Mercedes-Benz from Northtown Auto Liquidators. Earlier this month, he was arrested for stealing a Jeep from the …

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019

Spokane police arrest man allegedly operating illegal wrecking yard in East Central

Officers found Jan A. Katzenbogan was in possession of a stolen Harley Davidson motorcycle, doors from a stolen pickup and miscellaneous parts from a stolen Subaru Forester at an address …

New law allows supervision of car thieves after prison release

City officials notched a legislative victory Tuesday after some three years of lobbying, and hope it will translate into a victory in a fight against car theft.

Supervision program approved by Washington Legislature will try to stop career car thieves

House gives final approval to program that could send career car thieves down a better road after they get out of prison.

UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019

Spokane officials urge lawmakers to keep track of career car thieves – especially the ‘Top 25’

Spokane officials make another pitch for a state program to provide for tighter supervision of auto thieves after they leave prison.

Car thieves could face community supervision after prison

Convicted car thieves could be placed in community supervision after being released from prison as part of an effort to keep them from going back stealing again.

As Spokane beefs up efforts to catch car thieves, some – including prolific one who targets Subarus – won’t stop

In the time it takes to tidy your bed, floss your teeth or microwave a bowl of rice, 19-year-old Christian Normand can steal your car. If it’s an early-’90s-to-2000s Subaru, …

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018

Car theft suspects found sleeping in stolen truck

Spokane Valley deputies found and arrested two people sleeping in a stolen car parked in the parking lot of a gas station Sunday.

100 years ago in Spokane: Young burglar, unreformed, goes on city-wide crime spree

The Good Roads Association proposed a sweeping $30 million plan to build permanent hard-surfaced roads all over the state.

UPDATED: Thu., March 22, 2018

Acquitted shooter Gail Gerlach’s daughter gets 13-day sentence for car theft

The journeyman plumber who shot and killed a man who attempted to steal his idling SUV five years ago said his daughter has long had a drug problem, and that …

Spokane could be site of special program to reduce vehicle crimes

Spokane officials ask House committee to back a special program to have special supervision of car thieves after they’re released from prison.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 2, 2017

Man accused of assaulting ‘Deadliest Catch’ cast member sought for fleeing from Spokane County deputy

Jorel Fultz, the man accused of robbing and assaulting former “Deadliest Catch” cast member Jake Harris late last year, is back under the spotlight of local law enforcement after he …

Kootenai County Sheriff’s deputies arrest car thieves, seize numerous stolen items

Kootenai County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two suspected car thieves Saturday with numerous stolen items in their possession.

100 years ago in Spokane: Judge throws the book at teen joyriders (aka car thieves); youths turn vacant lots into gardens for war effort

A Spokane judge was fed up with the number of autos stolen by young joyriders, and two teenage boys paid the price. The judge sentenced Clement Colgan and Orrin Johanning …

100 years ago in Spokane: County deputy denies his bullet killed teen car thief

A stolen auto, a drunken booze party in Colbert, and, in the end, a mystery: Who shot and killed Gordon Coldeen, 19?

UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017

Man accused of carjacking teen at gunpoint in East Valley High School parking lot faces new charges

A man is facing new charges a week after being arrested for carjacking at 17-year-old’s car at gunpoint in the East Valley High School parking lot.

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 10, 2017

Spokane Mayor David Condon announces crackdown on car thieves in his State of the City address

The city will start an annual allocation of $425,000 of federal grant money to assist small businesses in 2017, Mayor David Condon said Friday. Police will also form a task …

3-year-old boy found in stolen car after pursuit

Authorities found a 3-year-old boy in the back seat of a stolen car after a pursuit early Wednesday morning.

Spokane police: Don’t walk away from cars while waiting for them to warm up

The Spokane Police Department is urging drivers not to leave their vehicles unattended while warming them up in the cold of winter.

100 years ago in Spokane: Detectives believes two missing girls may have helped steal car

From our archives, 100 years ago Two “pretty” girls, 15 and 12, were missing, and so was an automobile which vanished while its owner was in the post office.

Woman thrown off car as she attempts to foil car theft

A woman was injured this week after jumping on the hood of her car in an attempt to stop a man from stealing it.

Spokane no longer leads country in car theft

For the first time in five years, Spokane is no longer in the top 10 U.S. cities for vehicle theft, a new report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau says.

100 years ago in Spokane: Crowds line Monroe Street Bridge to see illuminated falls

From our archives, 100 years ago Crowds lined both rails of the Monroe Street Bridge to see a new and exciting spectacle: The electrical illumination of the Spokane River waterfalls.

Stolen brand-new Subaru found beat up

A new Subaru stolen in north Spokane County last week was recovered early Friday morning worse for wear after launching over a dirt berm, driving through a field and crashing …

Man fatally shot by Spokane police during standoff

A suspected auto thief was shot Saturday morning after opening fire on officers during a standoff outside a north Spokane home. The man died later of his injuries at a …

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The son of a former county prosecutor and another teenage boy were arrested on suspicion of auto theft when a police officer saw the …

Driver of stolen vehicle caught after crash into police car

A stolen car was used to ram a Spokane police car Friday morning after the car’s owner left it running in her driveway. The owner called police at 8:15 a.m. …

Doug Clark: Family’s ad leads to stolen 63-year-old Jeep’s recovery

The rescue of Runt the Stolen Jeep took place on a north Spokane side street as the Wednesday sun began to set. It was like watching a family reunion.