Citizen tip leads to vehicle prowling arrest

Sgt. Lydia Taylor, 509.481.8656

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 8 a.m.

Incident #:13-373581

After receiving a tip from an alert citizen regarding a suspicious person checking for unlocked car doors, Spokane Police officers arrest 35-year-old David Pederson on 3 warrants and 6 new charges including:

  • Possession of Methamphetamine
  • 2nd Degree Theft
  • 2nd Degree Possession of Stolen Property
  • Vehicle Prowling (x2)
  • 3rd Degree Theft.

On 11-06-13 around 2:00 am Spokane Police responded to a citizen report of a suspicious person in the area of 24th/Howard. The caller stated an individual was walking into driveways and checking car doors to see if they were unlocked. The caller gave police a good description of the suspect and stayed on the line with 911 until police arrived on scene minutes later. The suspect, 35-year-old David Pederson initially ran from police but officers located him about a block away. Pederson had an ID and debit card in his possession that had been reported stolen Monday night in a vehicle prowling. Pederson had three outstanding warrants for his arrest for Domestic Violence Assault, a Domestic Violence Order Protection Violation and DUI. Pederson was booked into jail on the three warrants and the 6 new charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, 2nd Degree Theft, 2nd Degree Possession of Stolen Property, Vehicle Prowling (2 counts) and 3rd Degree Theft.

Citizens are reminded to:

  • Lock vehicles
  • Don’t leave your car running when it is unattended
  • Remove valuables from plain sight
  • Keep garage doors closed and locked
  • In many cases, property crimes can be preventable crimes. Help yourself… or they’ll help themselves

Contact Police

For in progress crimes and emergencies call 911

To report a non-emergent crime contact:

To provide crime activity or suspect information that doesn't require immediate action contact:

For general police email contact:

For nuisance reports, including code violations (i.e. illegal camping, substantial litter in yards or alleys, graffiti, land use violations), parking complaints, and road condition issues contact:

Media Relations Contact

Cpl. Nick Briggs