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Thieves steal $20k in mountain bikes from North Division Bicycle Shop

Thieves steal $20k in mountain bikes from North Division Bicycle Shop

Thieves overnight broke into the North Division Bicycle Shop and stole 21 Trek mountain bikes and road bikes from the business.

The estimated loss exceeds $20,000.

A sheriff's deputy responded to the store, located at 10503 N. Division after someone called to say they saw a suspicious vehicle near the business and thought the store was being burglarized. The owner confirmed with the deputy 21 bikes were stolen.

They don't have a lot of information about who they are looking for but they do know is that person wasn't all that worried about getting caught.

Mac is a mechanic at the shop and Tuesday morning he came in to a mess at work. His service manager was the first person in and couldn't believe what had happened.

"Clipped the locks off one of our storage units and made I think it looked like three trips and they just loaded the truck up with as many cartons as they could carry and came back for more," Mac said.

When Mac says cartons he's talking about boxed up, disassembled, absolutely brand new bikes.

Mail theft rising as Christmas gets closer

Mail theft rising as Christmas gets closer

Tis the season for your mail to get stolen. The Spokane County Sheriff's Office says reports of mail theft has spiked across Spokane County in the last month.

If you drive around, you'll likely find a trusting neighbor with a package on the front porch. Everyone is getting their last-minute shipments and deliveries ahead of Christmas.

Amy Chase is one of those trusting people. She put four presents ready to be delivered on the porch of her South Hill home. She was on the phone with a friend Monday night in a front room and saw an unmarked car pull up to her home. She thought maybe the United States Postal Service does that this time of year. After all, it is busy. But she wasn't correct.

"One [man] ran up to the front porch, grabbed all four of the packages that I had ready to go out, we were shipping to friends and family all over the country and they took my packages and threw them in the back of the car and sped off," Chase said.

It happened so fast she didn't have time to react.

"I thought maybe I should go after them but I'm eight and a half months pregnant and that would be a bad idea," Chase laughed.

SPD warns of several phone scams

SPD warns of several phone scams

From the Spokane Police Department:


Spokane Police Department would like the public to be aware of three scams that have been circulating the Northwest. Victims of these scams are encouraged to report the incident to Crime Check by calling 456-2233.

 

Judge delays file release in Shorty Belton murder investigation

Judge delays file release in Shorty Belton murder investigation

A judge has ruled to delay the release 1,500 pages of documents related to the beating death of WWII veteran Delbert "Shorty" Belton.

The 60 day delay ordered by Judge Annette Plese Wednesday came as a result of the attorney for one of the two defendants, Chris Phelps, arguing against the release of information about the Spokane Police Departments case against his client, Demetrius Glenn.

Several news organizations, including KXLY, have filed public information requests asking for the release of the entire investigative file from Shorty Belton's homicide case.

Even though Glenn turned himself in shortly after Belton died, Phelps, who was hired by Glenn's family, has a tough fight on his hands and he's worried Glenn can't get a fair trial if his jury has already heard too much about the case from the media.

"It's like un-ringing a bell. Jurors will come in and if they've heard as case in the media or heard specific facts in the case or what was reported as being factual that's in the back of their mind," Phelps said.

Sign up for alerts from the Spokane Police Department

Sign up for alerts from the Spokane Police Department

The Spokane Police Department is providing citizens with more information about crime in their neighborhood with the E-lert email system.


It’s simple to sign up, all you have to do is provide the police department your name and email address. From there you select the neighborhood that you would like to receive alerts about.

Judge Joe Brown joins Spokane's call to action

Judge Joe Brown joins Spokane's call to action

It's said, it takes a village to raise a child. Spokane, it's schools and the local chapter of the NAACP are taking it to heart.

Tomorrow, Saturday, November 2nd the group is hosting a forum entitled "A Call to Action to End The School to Prison Pipeline".  The forum includes a free presentation and panel discussion at the Red Lion Inn at the Park from 1:00-3:30 pm. The panel discussion will feature celebrity Judge Joe Brown, community leaders such as Spokane Police Chief Straub, Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, Tommy Williams of Operation Healthy Family, as well as Wendy Bleecker the District's Director of Student Services. Shadle Park Assistant Principal, Phil High-Edward will also be presenting on the efforts being made by Shadle Park staff to support their students while still holding them accountable through alternative discipline methods.