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Wednesday, November 13, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

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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: Wed., June 12, 2019

Thieves pretending to need help flag down driver and steal her car in downtown Spokane, police say

Spokane police say a woman could only watch as a pair of alleged thieves drove away in her car early Wednesday morning after feigning a need for help.


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: Wed., March 15, 2017

Spokane creates new vehicle trespass law designed to curb auto theft

The misdemeanor will net jail time and fines for offenders, while the Washington State Supreme Court is scheduled to weigh in later this spring whether the state’s trespassing law includes …


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.


Man steals truck for “joy ride,” tells deputies he’s sorry

A man who told police he had just finished a prison sentence for stealing a car was found driving a truck minutes after it was reported stolen early Wednesday morning.


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.


Stolen government SUV recovered in North Spokane

A Department of Homeland Security SUV was stolen early Tuesday morning from a federal facility in north Spokane.


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.


UPDATED: Fri., April 25, 2014

Police: Man paints stolen car, held at gunpoint by homeowner

Roscoe Wood, 24, faces vehicle theft, malicious mischief and assault charges after citizens chased him down and held him at gunpoint around noon Thursday.


Vehicle stolen while idling unattended in N. Spokane

Spokane police are looking for a man they believe stole two cars this morning, crashing the first one into a tree after the victim’s son armed himself and pursued the …


Slain car thief’s father has his own legal troubles

The father of a Spokane man shot to death in March while trying to steal a car appeared in Superior Court on Thursday – accused of trying to steal a …


Father of man killed during attempted vehicle theft faces charges of attempted vehicle theft

The father of a Spokane man shot to death in March while trying to steal a car will appear in Superior Court today — for trying to steal a car.


Teens arrested after sword attack

Two teenage boys were arrested Tuesday after what law enforcement describes as a drug-fueled crime spree during which they assaulted one boy’s mother with a sword and planned to eat …


Six Honda cars stolen in Spokane Valley Tuesday

Car thieves made off with five Honda Accords and one Integra in Spokane Valley yesterday, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. An attempted theft of a Honda Civic also …


Man accused of ramming police vehicles

A 19-year-old man faces felony assault charges after allegedly ramming his car into two police vehicles while attempting to flee today.


Reward offered for stolen 1968 Pontiac Firebird

Spokane Valley property crimes detectives are asking for the public’s help locating a stolen vehicle.


Theft victims will phone it in

Spokane police officers soon will no longer respond in person to take reports of stolen vehicles. It’s a move, officials say, to “work smarter” and more efficiently after several rounds …


Thief drives off with truck, sleeping hostage

A thief who stole a newspaper delivery truck early Sunday got more than he bargained for: an unexpected hostage. Spokane police say the wife of the delivery driver was sleeping …


Convicted teen arrested again

A teenager convicted of assault for his role in a fatal stabbing last year is back behind bars after his second felony arrest in a week. Christopher E. Hooper, 19, …