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Sheriff's Office seeks identity of car theft suspect

Sheriff's Office seeks identity of car theft suspect

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help identifying a suspect that stole one of six vehicles on August 20th. The man is suspected of stealing a car from the Spokane Valley Mall.

Three of the six vehicles stolen that day were taken from the Spokane Valley Mall parking lot. One was taken from the Costco parking lot with two others occurring on Appleway and Charles Road. 

Anyone who can identify the suspect pictured is asked to contact Deputy Erdman at (509) 477-3269. 

 

Six Hondas stolen in one day in the Spokane Valley

Six Hondas stolen in one day in the Spokane Valley
From the Spokane County Sheriff's Office: 

Yesterday, Tuesday, August 20th, six stolen vehicle reports and one attempted vehicle theft were reported in Spokane Valley. Five Honda Accord's and one Integra were stolen. There was also one attempted theft of a Honda Civic reported.

 

Three of the vehicles were stolen from the Valley Mall parking lot. One was stolen from the Costco parking lot at 5601 E. Sprague and there was an attempted theft at the Home Depot parking lot at 5617 E. Sprague. Additionally, one of the other thefts occurred near the 8100 block of E. Appleway and the sixth was taken from the area of 1900 S. St. Charles Rd.

 

Truck stolen from Spokane Humane Society

Truck stolen from Spokane Humane Society

The Spokane Humane Society is dealing without their 1993 F-150 Ford pickup truck after it was stolen from their location sometime on Sunday, August 11, 2013 and they are hoping that they get the 20 year old white F-150 pickup back in one piece.

Employees arrived at work last Monday to find that the truck was missing and had to scramble to find a way to pick-up much needed donations that morning without the organizations only reliable pick-up.

“The ole girl has our logo on the doors and sticks out like a sore thumb; it’s a bit of a beater, but we have kept her limping down the road with the help of Bill’s Auto Parts and donated mechanical help” said Dave Richardson, Executive Director, “We are very dependent on the truck to pick up donations of all kinds” he continued.

The organization’s fleet is old and has been a low funding priority. The Society has always relied on the community to help keep them rolling and the loss of the truck couldn’t have come at a worse time as the organization is collecting books for its annual Booktober Fest book sale and auction items for its 14th Annual FurrBall Dinner, Dance and Auction.

Police identify man suspected of two robberies in Spokane Valley

Police identify man suspected of two robberies in Spokane Valley

Spokane County Major Crimes detectives have identified the suspect in two bank robberies this month.

Spokane Valley police say 40-year-old Scott Ruziecki is suspected of performing robberies at the Hillyard Safeway and the US Bank on Trent and Argonne.

Police believe Ruziecki has dyed his hair in the last three days to a possibly black color and has a short hair cut. He may be driving a black Honda, but is more likely riding a bicycle.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward to anyone providing information leading to Ruziecki's arrest. If you have information, call 1-800-222-TIPS. Tipsters do not have to give their name to collect the reward.

Sheriff's deputy rescues abandoned, adorable puppy

Sheriff's deputy rescues abandoned, adorable puppy

From the Spokane County Sheriff's Office:

Early Monday morning at 4:12 a.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputy Marc Melville was in the last couple hours of his 12 hour shift when a call was broadcast over the radio of a male who appeared to be abandoning puppies in the roadway at Thierman and Appleway. 

 

Deputy Melville, who happened to be right down the road when the call came out, began checking the area.  He did not locate the suspect vehicle but he did locate one puppy.  With the puppy safely secured in his vehicle, he continued to check the area for any other puppies, or the suspect, but was unsuccessful.

 

The puppy, being very young (as well as very cute) immediately began to try and befriend Deputy Melville.  With his shift at an end and realizing any attempt to resist the charm of his newfound furry friend would be futile, Deputy Melville brought the puppy home to give it food and water.

 

At last report, it appears this adorable puppy may have charmed his way into a very good home and is doing well. 

 

SCSO needs help identifying woman in credit card theft case

SCSO needs help identifying woman in credit card theft case

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying a woman who may have information about a theft and possible credit card fraud incident.

 

A female victim in her 70s reported that her wallet with credit cards was stolen from her shopping cart while she was at a Spokane Valley Rosauers. Surveillance video from the May 27th incident shows a woman in a pink jacket and glasses standing near the victim's shopping cart.

 

The woman appears to have been with a man wearing a blue and white coat and a white baseball hat. Sheriff's Deputies think she arrived in a newer model Honda Civic. Anyone with information on this incident or the identity of the woman in the pink jacket is asked to call Deputy Jason Karnitz at (509) 477-3293 or contact the SCSO by email at sheriff@spokanecounty.org

Target Zero found more DUI suspects this year

Target Zero found more DUI suspects this year

The Spokane County Target Zero Campaign saw an increase in DUI suspects this year. DUI emphasis patrols were held  from June 21st through July 7th across Spokane County to discourage drivers from driving under the influence. 

Law enforcement arrested 154 DUI suspects during this year's emphasis patrol. This shows an increase from last year's 99 DUI's during the same time period. In 2012 over half of traffic deaths in Spokane County involved an impaired driver.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office would like to remind citizens not to drive impaired so we can have a fatal free and safe summer.

For more information on the Target Zero Campaign Click Here: www.wsp.wa.gov/targetzero