Prolific thief arrested after foot pursuit; police/prosecutor collaborate to propose $50,000 bond

Monique Cotton, Public Information & Communication Director, 509.363.8285


Monday, March 24, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.


Spokane Police arrested a prolific thief with six felony convictions after officers located him in a stolen vehicle, he ran from officers by jumping two fences, and dodged in and out of traffic on Wellesley. 28-year-old Michael A. Harris was arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail on charges of 2nd Degree Possession of Stolen Property and 1st Degree Taking of a Motor Vehicle without the Owner’s Permission. Collaboration between the Spokane Police and the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office has resulted in the Prosecutor requesting a $50,000 bond for Harris at his first court appearance this afternoon.

On Friday, 3/21/14 Spokane Police Patrol officers located a stolen vehicle, driving south on Magnolia near Wabash. The vehicle drove away from officers, and the driver, later identified as Michael A. Harris, turned into an alley near Broad and Wellesley, stopped the vehicle, got out, and began running south. Harris jumped over two fences and officers continued to follow the suspect on foot. Despite being told repeatedly to stop running, Harris continued to flee south across Wellesley, dodging in and out of traffic, causing significant safety concerns. Officers located and arrested Harris on the south side of Wellesley.

Inside the stolen vehicle that Harris was driving, officers located an Apple Mac Book (which was reported stolen), an Apple hard drive, several charging devices, a watch, a number of broken cell phones, and shaved keys.

Harris was booked into the Spokane County Jail on charges of 2nd Degree Possession of Stolen Property and 1st Degree Taking of a Motor Vehicle without the Owner’s Permission. Harris has four adult felony convictions for 3rd Degree Assault, Attempt to Elude, 2nd Degree Theft, and 2nd Degree Burglary. Additionally, he has two juvenile felony convictions and 12 misdemeanor convictions.

In addition to arresting this individual, police and prosecutors are working to keep this individual in jail on these charges. Collaboration between the Spokane Police and the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office has resulted in the Prosecutor requesting a $50,000 bond for Harris.

Harris will appear in court today at 1:30 p.m.



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