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Valley burglary suspects caught

Valley burglary suspects caught

On Sunday, February 22nd, Spokane Valley Sheriff's deputies arrested two suspected burglary suspects after an alert property owner noticed a suspicious vehicle that was running parked at the location.

 

The incident begane just before 11:00 a.m., when deputies responded to the 9300 block of East Mission Avenue is Spokane Valley. The caller stated her husband armed himself with a pistoland went to the property to confront the potential burglars. The caller reported seeing a suspicious vehicle at the unoccupied residence and noticed exhaust fumes coming from the tailpipe.

 

2nd vehicle causes safety concerns, driver arrested

2nd vehicle causes safety concerns, driver arrested

On February 19th 2015, Spokane Valley Sheriff’s deputies arrested the male driver of a vehicle who interfered with a deputy as he tried to conduct a traffic stop of another vehicle. Deputies located drugs, drug paraphernalia and a loaded handgun in the male’s vehicle after obtaining a search warrant. 

 

According to Deputy Mark Gregory, this incident began at approximately 3:00 a.m., where in the area of Pines and Cataldo in Spokane Valley, Deputy Andrew Richmond observed a Toyota Camry with no visible front or rear license plates.  As the vehicle continued north on Pines, and not seeing a temporary registration in the back window, Deputy Richmond tried to pull in behind the Camry.  As he did, the driver of the Honda, who was following the Camry, accelerated and closed the distance, blocking Deputy Richmond. 

 

IRS phone scams continue to be a serious threat

Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain near the top of the annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams in recent months as scam artists threaten police arrest, deportation, license revocation and other things. The IRS reminds taxpayers to guard against all sorts of con games that arise during any filing season.

"If someone calls unexpectedly claiming to be from the IRS with aggressive threats if you don't pay immediately, it's a scam artist calling,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. "The first IRS contact with taxpayers is usually through the mail. Taxpayers have rights, and this is not how we do business."

Sheriff's Deputy catches lamb burglars

Sheriff's Deputy catches lamb burglars

A Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputy contacted two suspicious males and arrested both of them for Residential Burglary and Theft 3rd Degree.
 

On Sunday January 11th, 2015, at approximately 8:00 a.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputy Jerad Kiehn noticed two males walking on 14th Avenue carrying large black garbage bags over their shoulders.  Deputy Kiehn, having taken several early morning burglaries and theft reports in the area, decided to contact the males.
 

Identities of Spokane Valley burglary suspects sought

Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Investigative Unit (SVIU) Detectives are investigating an increase of “Smash and Grab” type burglaries of businesses in Spokane Valley during the last month.

 

Surveillance video shows the suspects appear to be a male and female team who enter businesses by breaking the front door glass, steal cash drawers and other items that are generally easy to carry before quickly exiting the business. 

 

Surveillance video taken during one of the burglaries shows the suspects entering with crowbars in hand as they quickly worked together to victimize the business.  Detectives are hoping citizens can identify the suspects from the video and pictures.  

 

Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is offering a cash reward for anyone providing information leading to an arrest in this incident.  Persons with information should call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS, or should submit the tip via the Internet website www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org

 

Short pursuit leads to stolen vehicle recovery

Short pursuit leads to stolen vehicle recovery

A short police pursuit on Wednesday, January 7th, lead to the recovery of a stolen vehicle.

A Washington State Patrol (WSP) trooper was sitting at the intersection northbound of Evergreen at Interstate 90 at approximately 12:30 p.m., when he observed a red passenger car driving recklessly. WSP reported that the car nearly struck several other vehicles at the intersection as it failed to yield, and proceeded to enter I90 westbound. The trooper then activated his emergency lights and siren, but the driver did not stop.

When the vehicle eventually stopped, the driver put his hands outside the driver's window on the westbound Pines off ramp. As the trooper exited his patrol vehicle, the driver sped away down the off ramp turning left onto Indiana Avenue. Troopers executed a felony stop and the driver was taken into custody without incident near the intersection of Indiana and State Route 27.

A check of the vehicle registration revealed the vehicle had been reported as stolen earlier in the day.

New telephone scam targets Vera Water and Power costumers

New telephone scam targets Vera Water and Power costumers

Vera Water and Power said their costumers are the target for a new telephone scam regarding the payment of their bills.

 

The scam involves a telephone caller who claims to be a Vera Water and Power employee, and then uses a billing and collections scam to defraud costumers.

 

According to Vera Water and Power, a customer received a phone call on his business line, in which the caller identified himself as a Vera Water and Power employee. The scammer stated that the electric service to the customer’s business would be disconnected if he did not pay $2,000 to cover the cost of a GPS meter and his bill. The scammer then stated that the only method of payment is through a pay card which is purchased at a store.

 

The customer purchased pay cards, totaling $2,000, then called the scammer back, giving him the pay card digits. The scammer then told the customer his power would not be disconnected. The customer lost $2,000 to the scam.