Six Suspects arrested in Connection to South Hill Property Crimes

Monique Cotton, Director of Communication and Public Information, 509.363.8285

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 4:29 p.m.

Spokane Police arrest a total of six people believed to be connected to a series of property crimes reported on the South Hill within the past four weeks. Two adults were located in a stolen vehicle on 10/10/14 and arrested. Two other adults and two juveniles were located in a stolen vehicle on 10/11/14 and arrested. Investigation into the reported incidents and the connection of the suspects to these incidents is ongoing. Additional arrests are anticipated.

Within the past four weeks, the Spokane Police Department has received approximately 18 reports of Residential Burglary and 27 reports of Garage Burglary in South Spokane, specifically in neighborhoods in and around Manito Park and Comstock Park. After reports of activity, officers from the Spokane Police South Precinct followed up with emphasis patrols (in cars, on bikes and on foot) in areas of reported criminal activity. This past weekend, members of the Spokane Police Patrol Anti-Crime (PAC) Team, in coordination with the South Precinct conducted emphasis patrols near areas of reported property crime activity.

On Friday, 10/10/14, the PAC Team located a stolen vehicle being driven in the area of 29th and Bernard. The vehicle was stopped and the driver, Rebecca L. Turner, was arrested for Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Possession of Motor Vehicle Theft Tools and a DOC Warrant. A passenger, Joshua S. Skog was arrested on a Department of Corrections (DOC) Warrant.

On Saturday, 10/11/14, the PAC Team located a stolen vehicle being driven in the area of 37th and Perry. The vehicle fled from officers and was located in the area of 64th and Helena. The four occupants fled from the vehicle on foot but were quickly located and arrested. Delbert Ockey (19) was arrested for Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle as was Dovin J. Sanders (20). Two juveniles (both 16 years old) were also arrested for Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle.

Based on information developed in the course of investigation into the reported incidents as well as similarities in reported crimes, Spokane Police detectives believe the suspects are connected to the majority of property crimes reported in the area of Manito Park and Comstock Park in the past four weeks. This investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are anticipated.

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