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Unsolved Crimes

Crime Stoppers features unsolved crimes when a detective has exhausted his leads in a case and feels that information from an anonymous source would reinvigorate his investigation.

Fugitives are wanted criminal suspects who are avoiding capture, and that makes them inherently dangerous.  Call Crime Stoppers immediately if you know of their whereabouts, but take no action to contact the suspects yourself.  You can also submit a WebTip online with the link above.


7/16/2014 - Homeowner’s Sleep While Home Burglarized

On July 15th, 2014, at noon, Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Ruff responded to the 5600 block of South Hogan on a residential burglary call.  The complainant said he and his wife went to bed at about 11:00 p.m. the night prior.  When they woke up at 8:00 a.m., they found both the front and back doors open.  The homeowner said he was certain both were closed when they went to bed and that the front door was locked.  After checking the house, they realized the homeowner’s wallet was missing and his wife’s watch had been stolen.  They contacted the bank and learned someone had attempted to use their credit card at about 7:30 a.m.  The institution will provide video surveillance of the suspect(s), however at this time there is no suspect information.

Crime Stoppers 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 forward the tip via the Internet website www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org.  Tipsters do not have to give their name to collect the cash reward.  Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is a civilian organization that promotes public safety by paying cash rewards for information that solves crimes.  It is not affiliated with law enforcement.

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7/16/2014 - Estimated $100,000 In Damage To Commercial Building

On July 12th, 2014, Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputy Chan Erdman responded to the old Chung Hua Garden, located at 18203 E. Sprague, on a commercial burglary call.  The new owner of the building said the last time he was there was approximately two weeks prior and the building was in the shape he had purchased it.  Since that time, it was obvious someone had been not only living inside the building, buy they had also stole nearly all the copper plumbing, wiring and all the stainless steel appliances.  The new owner estimated the damage and loss to the building near $100,000.  There are no suspects at this time.

Crime Stoppers 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 forward the tip via the Internet website www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org.  Tipsters do not have to give their name to collect the cash reward.  Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is a civilian organization that promotes public safety by paying cash rewards for information that solves crimes.  It is not affiliated with law enforcement.

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7/10/2014 - Reward Offered For Occupied Residential Burglary

Yesterday, July 9th, 2014, at about 5:00 p.m., Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Dave Bratton responded to the area of 200 E. Cliff to an occupied residential burglary.  The 13-year-old complainant called 911 and said she and her sister were hiding in their basement crawl space because they heard someone break in through the front door.  Deputy Bratton contacted the 13-year-old female and her 9-year-old sister.  They said they heard knocking on the door and looked outside.  They saw a small shiny gray car in the driveway and saw two males in the vehicle.  The 13-year-old described the driver as a white male, wearing a blue t-shirt, bald with a medium build.  She said the passenger was also a white male, 20-30 years old wearing a black t-shirt and appeared skinny.  The 13-year-old said the passenger walked up to the door, knocked and looked through the window.  She said he walked back to the car and talked to the driver.  She said both suspects walked towards the front door and she and her sister ran downstairs and hid in the crawl space like their parents had taught them to do.  The girls said they heard the front door break and heard the suspects walk upstairs.  Deputy Bratton saw that the front door frame of the residence had been forced open.  Several other deputies, as well as Air-1, had arrived in the area and were not able to locate the suspect vehicle.  Deputies checked the residence and confirmed the suspects had left.  The girl’s mother arrived at the residence and did not notice anything missing.  At this time there is no further suspect information.

Crime Stoppers 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 forward the tip via the Internet website www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org.  Tipsters do not have to give their name to collect the cash reward.  Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is a civilian organization that promotes public safety by paying cash rewards for information that solves crimes.  It is not affiliated with law enforcement.

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6/25/2014 - Information Needed In Homicide Investigation
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On January 10th, 2014, at about 4:00 p.m., Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 10500 block of East Empire on a report of a deceased female caught on a tree in the river.  Deputies confirmed there was a deceased female in the river and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit recovered the body.
 
After a lengthy investigation by the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office and Sheriff’s Office detectives, the victim was identified as 58-year-old Maria Guadalupe Vega.
 
Vega was believed to live at an address in Tijuana Mexico.  Vega crossed into the United States at San Ysidro on September 24th, 2013, at 12:51 p.m.  She advised she was en route to 3600 South Las Vegas Blvd, the Bellagio Hotel and Casino, but never made it.  No known vehicles or associates are known at this time Vega may have been with.
 
The Mexican Consulate has been advised of this investigation and is attempting to locate next of kin.  Detectives are asking for any information citizens may have that either possibly knew Vega or saw here prior to January 10th.  Any information is asked to be directed to Detective Justin Elliott at 509-477-3786.  See photograph of Vega.


Crime Stoppers 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 forward the tip via the Internet website www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org.  Tipsters do not have to give their name to collect the cash reward.  Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is a civilian organization that promotes public safety by paying cash rewards for information that solves crimes.  It is not affiliated with law enforcement.

 

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6/17/2014 - 19-year-old Female Studying While House Burglarized

On June 9th, 2014, at 12:45 p.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputy Jay Bailey responded to an occupied residential burglary call near the 11500 block of East Mission Road.  Deputy Bailey contacted the 19-year-old victim who said she was studying when she heard someone pounding on the front door.  She said she could only see the male suspect’s baseball hat so she moved to the bathroom and could only see his shoulder.  When the suspect continued pounding louder on the door, the victim ran outside with her dogs and called 911.  A neighbor to the west of the victim’s residence heard the loud pounding and met the victim in her back yard.  The neighbor ran around the front of the victim’s house and saw the front door had been kicked in.  He entered the residence and confronted the male suspect coming out of the master bedroom.  The neighbor said the suspect was stuffing items inside his backpack and told him “someone” was looking for him.  The suspect was described as a white male, mid 40’s, 5’10”, 155-165 lbs, reddish mustache and beard, black baseball cap, black t-shirt with a ? logo on the front, and wearing brown shorts. 

The suspect walked out the front door and the neighbor tried to grab on to his shirt.  The suspect continued east on Mission Road.  The suspect fled north on Wilbur, then east on Nora towards a cul-de-sac and jumped a fence.  The suspect was never located.  The neighbor collected a coin counter the suspect dropped when he jumped the fence.  The victim’s parents arrived at the residence and confirmed multiple collector coins were stolen.  These included approximately 200 “Ike” silver dollars, 1,000 “Benjamin Franklin” silver fifty cent coins (1940-1950’s) and 40 silver quarters (1940-1970’s).

Crime Stoppers 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 forward the tip via the Internet website www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org.  Tipsters do not have to give their name to collect the cash reward.  Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is a civilian organization that promotes public safety by paying cash rewards for information that solves crimes.  It is not affiliated with law enforcement.

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6/12/2014 - Pair Breaks in While 16-year-old Sisters Home

On Wednesday, June 11th, 2014, at 4:00 p.m., Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Tom Edelbrock responded to an occupied residential burglary call near the area of 7500 N. Atlantic.  Deputy Edelbrock was in near proximity of the residence when the call came out, but was not able to locate the two suspects.  Deputy Edelbrock contacted two twin 16-year-old sisters who were home at the time of the burglary.  They told him they heard knocking at the back door; their parents weren’t home, and they were not expecting any company.  They chose not to answer the door.  A few moments later, the sisters said the knocking turned to thumping followed by the door being forced open.  The sisters walked into the kitchen and located two adult male subjects inside their house, both in their thirties.  They said the shorter of the two suspects ran out the back door.  He was wearing a red tank top and black shorts.  The other suspect was about 6 feet tall, thin and had “bad teeth”.  This suspect was very apologetic telling the sisters he was sorry multiple times.  The sisters said the taller suspect was wearing a short brimmed “snap cap”, a white tank top and black shorts.  They said both suspects fled southbound on Altamont on bicycles.

Crime Stoppers 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 forward the tip via the Internet website www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org.  Tipsters do not have to give their name to collect the cash reward.  Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is a civilian organization that promotes public safety by paying cash rewards for information that solves crimes.  It is not affiliated with law enforcement.

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6/10/2014 - Nearly $15,000 in Tools Stolen, $5,000 Utility Trailer

Yesterday, June 9th, 2014, Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Beckman responded to the 33000 block of North Arlington Lane reference a commercial burglary report.  Deputy Beckman contacted the construction company owner who told him sometime during the night prior, a trailer containing nearly $7,000 worth of tools was stolen.  Another trailer at the job site was also burglarized and nearly $7,500 worth of tools was stolen.  The stolen trailer is a 2008 International cargo trailer, Washington license plate number 8979VH.  It is gray and has Scott and Sons Heating and Air Conditioning on all sides of the trailer.  Estimated replacement cost of the trailer is $5,000.  At this time there are no suspects.  Anyone who may happen to see this trailer is asked to call 911.

Crime Stoppers 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 forward the tip via the Internet website www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org.  Tipsters do not have to give their name to collect the cash reward.  Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is a civilian organization that promotes public safety by paying cash rewards for information that solves crimes.  It is not affiliated with law enforcement.

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6/3/2014 - Valley IHOP Burglarized

On Monday morning, June 2nd, 2014, Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputies responded to IHOP at the Valley Mall on a burglary call.  The complainant said the employee that opens the restaurant arrived at 5:30 a.m. and found the rear door unlocked.  There were no other unlocked doors and there was no forced entry into the business.  Inside the office a safe had been opened and an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen.  No other items inside the business were disturbed.  At this time there are no suspects.

Crime Stoppers 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 forward the tip via the Internet website www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org.  Tipsters do not have to give their name to collect the cash reward.  Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is a civilian organization that promotes public safety by paying cash rewards for information that solves crimes.  It is not affiliated with law enforcement.

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5/28/2014 - $100,000 Caterpillar Front End Loader Stolen

On May 26th, 2014, Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputy Ken Dodge responded to the area of 16100 E. Broadway on a vehicle theft call.  Deputy Dodge contacted the project manager who told him sometime during the weekend, a 2006 938-G Caterpillar front end loader was stolen from the project.  The loader was driven through the east side security fence and has not been located since.  The manager said the machine was locked but that a universal Caterpillar key could have been used to steal it.  The owner of the company rented a helicopter on May 27th, but was not able to locate the machine by air.  The owner said the machine weighs approximately 40,000 lbs. and is valued at $100,000.

UPDATE:   May 28th, 2014, at about 3:15 p.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Jones responded to the 2300 block of S. Carnine Ct. in reference to a suspicious vehicle.  One of the neighbors said a Caterpillar had been parked in the neighborhood since at least 5:00 a.m. Saturday morning.  She did not think anything of it because another neighbor was getting ready to do some excavating and thought that was what the machine was going to be used for.  Yesterday, another neighbor was on his way home from work and heard the story about the same type of Caterpillar stolen from a construction site over the Memorial weekend.  Deputy Jones checked the VIN on the Caterpillar and confirmed it was the stolen machine. 

At this time there are no suspects in this theft.  However, Crime Stoppers is still 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 forward the tip via the Internet website www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org.  Tipsters do not have to give their name to collect the cash reward.  Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is a civilian organization that promotes public safety by paying cash rewards for information that solves crimes.  It is not affiliated with law enforcement.

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5/20/2014 - COPPER THEFT ON THE RISE

Copper theft is again on the increase in Kootenai County.  Beside these individuals stealing from the Prairie Farmers and causing thousands of dollars in damage, they have recently started to enter closed business like rock quarries, cement companies, and homes under construction to commit their thefts.

 

These individuals are causing thousands of dollars in damage. When they steal the copper wiring, these individuals are only getting pennies on the dollar for what they steal. The suspect(s) can cause up to $10,000.00 in damages to the equipment or buildings they steal the copper wiring from. After these individuals peel the covering off of the stolen copper wiring, the suspect(s) will take the copper wiring to a recycling company and only get $100.00 to $300.00 for their efforts.

 

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s assistance. If you see or have any information relating to the copper wire thefts in the county, please contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

 

 

 

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4/11/2014 - $23,000 In Bee Crates Stolen

On Monday, April 7th, 2014, Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Beau Vucinich responded to a burglary call in the area of Trent and Idaho Road.  The victim told Deputy Vucinich he stores bee crates at the location and that he was missing fifteen pallets containing 462 crates.  The crates are valued at $23,100.  It is unknown when the crates were stolen and at this time there is no suspect information.

Crime Stoppers 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 forward the tip via the Internet website www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org.  Tipsters do not have to give their name to collect the cash reward. Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is a civilian organization that promotes public safety by paying cash rewards for information that solves crimes.  It is not affiliated with law enforcement.

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4/8/2014 - School Mats Vandalized, Reward Offered for Suspect Information

On Thursday April 3rd, Riverside School District personnel called and reported the pole vault mats at Riverside High School had been vandalized.  It appears suspect(s) cut the mats in the pole vault pit sometime between March 22nd and March 24th and caused an estimated $10,000 in damage.  There is no suspect information at this time.  

Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is offering a cash reward for anyone providing information leading to an arrest in this burglary. Persons with information should call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS, or should forward the tip via the Internet website http://www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org. Tipsters do not have to give their name to collect the cash reward. Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is a civilian organization that promotes public safety by paying cash rewards for information that solves crimes. It is not affiliated with law enforcement.

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3/24/2014 - Reward Offered For Robbery Suspect

On Saturday evening, March 23rd, 2014, at about 9:00 p.m., Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Exxon, located at 23312 N. Highway 395, on a robbery call.  Deputies contacted the male and female victims who said they were sitting in their vehicle scratching lottery tickets when a male approached their vehicle.  The 44-year-old male victim said he was sitting in the driver’s seat of his vehicle and the 49-year-old female victim was sitting in the front passenger seat.  The male victim said the suspect, who he described as a black male in his late 40’s, approximately 6’0, 175 pounds, wearing a black windbreaker and a black knitted cap, opened the driver’s side door, grabbed the male victim and pulled him out of the vehicle.  The victim said the suspect began to shock him with a stun gun up and down his left arm.  The victim said the suspect held him against the door the entire time and did not say a word.  The female victim said she exited the vehicle wearing her purse around her shoulder and carrying a grocery bag.  She said the suspect walked around the rear of the vehicle and grabbed her purse.  The victim was not able to hang on to her purse and the suspect was able to take it off her shoulder.  The suspect took the victim’s purse and ran around the southwest corner of the building.  Deputies set up a perimeter and attempted a K9 track.  They were not able to locate the suspect.  Deputies found a stun gun in front of the victim’s vehicle as well as a large knife on the ground near the business.  Deputies also located the victim’s purse near the business.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for anyone providing information leading to an arrest in this burglary.  Persons with information should call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS, or should forward the tip via the Internet website www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org.  Tipsters do not have to give their name to collect the cash reward.  Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is a civilian organization that promotes public safety by paying cash rewards for information that solves crimes.  It is not affiliated with law enforcement.

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3/19/2014 - Reward Offered For Newman Lake Burglar

Yesterday, March 18th, 2014, at about 2:00 a.m., Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Tyler Kullman and his K9 partner Deacon responded to a burglary in progress near the 26000 block of East Eastland Drive in Newman Lake.  Deputy Kullman spoke with the homeowner who said he and his wife were inside when they heard the alarm chirp in the garage.  He said he looked out in the garage and thought his cat may have set it off.  After he came back inside he heard the alarm chirp again.  He let his dog out into the back yard and saw the man door in his garage was open and saw a male suspect jumping over his fence and running through his neighbor’s yard.  The homeowner got into his truck and chased the suspect down the street until he jumped another fence near 5000 N. Irrigon.  The homeowner said he thought his dog may have bitten the suspect because he was limping as he ran.  The homeowner said the suspect was between 20 and 30 yrs. old wearing dark pants and a dark hoodie.  He was not able to determine the suspect’s race.  Deputy Kullman and K9 Deacon tracked the suspect through multiple yards until they reached the Idaho State line.  Based on Deacon’s track it was obvious to Deputy Kullman the suspect ran into Idaho.

Crime Stoppers 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 forward the tip via the Internet website www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org.  Tipsters do not have to give their name to collect the cash reward.  Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is a civilian organization that promotes public safety by paying cash rewards for information that solves crimes.  It is not affiliated with law enforcement.

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3/19/2014 - Reward Offered for Rathdrum, Idaho Burglar

Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for a string of vehicle burglaries in the Rathdrum area.

 

On February 11, 2014 the Rathdrum Police Department received a call of several vehicle burglaries in the Golden Spike retirement community.  Officers responded and discovered 13 motorhomes and travel trailers that had been damaged and missing property.  All of the recreational vehicles were parked in a secured fenced area of the community.  The suspect(s) entered the area through the fence on the north side.  The RV’s sustained several thousands of dollars in damage and had several thousands of dollars in property taken from them. 

 

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 208-667-2111 or 1-800-222-TIPS. Information can be submitted on line at www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org Callers are asked to use a code name or number and do not have to use their own name to be eligible for a reward.

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