SPD Arrests Fraud Suspect

Cpl. Ronald Van Tassel

Monday, December 18, 2017 at 9:23 a.m.

Spokane Police were called to the North Central neighborhood to investigate a female stealing mail from several residences. Officers contacted the female walking down the street. She was in possession of different people’s mail, along with several other illegal items and she was booked into jail.

Saturday, December 16th 2016, Spokane Police responded to the area of 700 W Knox for a theft call. A citizen reported that she witness a female, later identified as 32 year old Sarha Hollowell, walking from mail box to mail box. Hollowell was reported to have been looking through all the mail boxes and taking mail from some of them. Officers happened to be in the area and contacted Hollowell a block away as she tried to walk away.

During the investigation Officers learned that Hollowell had a warrant for a previous theft incident and she was taking into custody. During a search of Hollowell Methamphetamine was located. Mail from several different residences was also located. Hollowell was also in possession in several checks that were written to her, all suspected of being forged.

This arrest ended a one person crime wave that victimized and affected numerous people. This is a great example of how an alert citizen can make a huge difference. This arrest would not have been possible without the witness calling in and staying on the phone to direct Police to where Hollowell was at.

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