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Spokane Police searching for suspect in Sunset Grocery robbery

Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives are asking for the public's help identifying a suspect who robbed Sunset Grocery on July 10.

Just before 10:30 pm Police received a report of a robbery at Sunset Grocery in the 1900 block of W. Sunset Boulevard.

The caller reported that a man had entered the store, indicated he had a weapon and demanded cash. He fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.

Police arrived on the scene less than a minute after the call and quickly set up a perimeter but were unable to locate the suspect.

He's described as:

  • A white male
  • 5 feet, 4 inches tall
  • Black baseball cap, white and black bandana on his face
  • Red tennis shoes with white soles

Anyone with information related to the robbery is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.

New report lists Spokane number one in state for car thefts

New report lists Spokane number one in state for car thefts

A new report from the Northwest Insurance Council puts Spokane at number one in the state for car theft, and number seven nationwide.

In 2013, 31,960 vehicles were reported stolen in Washington. That's an average of 88 stolen vehicles per day and nearly four vehicles each hour. In Spokane, 3,205 vehicles were stolen – an average of 600 per every 100,000 residents.

The Northwest Insurance Council recommends drivers follow four layers of protection to guard against vehicle theft.

 

1. Common Sense

  • Remove your keys from the ignition.
  • Lock your doors/close your windows.
  • Park in a well-lit area.
  • Keep valuable items such as bags, purses, cell phones and briefcases out of sight.

 

2. Warning Device

Spokane police arrest second suspect in homicide investigation

Spokane police arrest second suspect in homicide investigation

Spokane police have arrested Alicia Sweet on her warrant for rendering criminal assistance related to the 2012 homicide of David Deponte.

Sweet was arrested Monday night in the 14000 block of North Lincoln.

The warrant for Sweet's arrest was issued Monday evening after Spokane major crimes detectives referred the charge of first degree rendering criminal assistance to the Spokane County Prosecutor.

According to police, hours after the warrant was issued, Sweet was taken into custody by Spokane Police Patrol Anti-Crime Team officers.

She will appear in court Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

Police warn Browne's Addition residents to be vigilant against car thieves

Police warn Browne's Addition residents to be vigilant against car thieves

Don't give thieves the opportunity; that's the message from Spokane Police, who are asking residents to be on the lookout for people breaking into cars in Browne's Addition.

Since January 1 there have been 20 car break-ins in Browne's Addition including one this week.

"I think I've noticed it more this year than in years past, you can always tell because you see the broken glass on the sidewalks or the street," former Spokane City Councilman Steve Eugster said.

Eugster has been living in Browne's Addition the last several years and says its a great neighborhood but car break-ins are a concern.

"I don't park on the street and I never park with anything in the car of that could be stolen," Eugster said.

Spokane Police agree with Eugster and add to try and park in a well-lit area. Police say even if you think a break-in isn't worth reporting do it anyway.

"Our crime analysts go through all of that data and tell us where we are seeing a flare up of vehicle prowling so we can appropriate resources to that and to deal with the problem," Spokane Police Officer Teresa Fuller said.

Security cameras capture deadly attack at STA Plaza

Security cameras capture deadly attack at STA Plaza

Spokane Police are crediting STA's surveillance cameras and the bus plaza's security staff with giving them some very powerful evidence in a murder at the plaza, the first since it was built in 1995.

The attack against Sean Oie, which was caught on STA surveillance cameras, triggered a six-hour manhunt that involved the SWAT team and house-to-house searches in Peaceful Valley. As they were searching, they had a very clear picture of who they were looking for thanks to STA surveillance cameras.

The surveillance video was accessed and then used by STA's security staff to help put a face on Oie's killer: Donald Phillips.

"The attacker came in very shortly afterwards and walked right past them without even looking at them but then he doubled back behind a plant and came up and surprised them," STA CEO Susan Meyer said. "He stabbed him and walked away."

Oie backpedaled and turned to run but collapsed within 30 feet. Phillips pursues him but once he realizes Oie is mortally wounded he calmly walks away.

That's when STA security staff played a critical role in identifying the attacker.

Spokane developer sentenced for fraud charges

Spokane developer sentenced for fraud charges

Spokane developer Greg Jeffreys was sentenced Monday for fraud charges dating back to 2006.

Jeffrey's pleaded guilty in November 2013 to multiple charges including wire fraud, bank fraud and conspiracy to commit felony criminal contempt.

Jeffrey's operated several fraudulent schemes in and around Spokane and Las Vegas, Nevada. One of the most notable, defaulting on a $2.6 million loan as part owner of the Ridpath Hotel.

In a statement, US Attorney Micheal Ormsby said, "Greg Jeffrey's became a notorious fraudster in the Spokane area and elsewhere. I commend the FBI and members of my office for their dedication and tenacity in unraveling Jeffreys' fraudulent schemes."

Jeffrey's was sentenced to eight years in federal prison followed by five years surveillance. He was also ordered to pay $9.3 million in restitution.

Police run 'hot spot special' targeting property crimes across the city

Police run 'hot spot special' targeting property crimes across the city

Most of us are lucky enough to never fall victim to violent crime, but property crime can happen to anyone so Spokane Police are trying to stop those responsible.

Over the weekend the police department ran a 'hot spot special,' where officers focus on enforcing a particular crime in a particular spot.

This weekend it was city-wide property theft. They contacted a total of 20 people over the weekend which resulted in three arrests.

Spokane Police recovered a stolen vehicle at Central and Standard and found drugs inside. That incident nabbed two arrests, one of them being felony.

Michael Etue, 34, was arrested on a felony warrant for possession of a stolen motor vehicle and was also charged for possession of controlled substance for methamphetamine.

Spokane Police think that many of the property crimes are drug driven.

"This is what we see. We've seen it for years and years. Property crimes are related in drugs in many ways," Spokane Police Captain Keith Cummings said.