Cpl. Teresa Fuller
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 9:44 a.m.
A suspicious vehicle stop made early Monday morning led to 10 felony charges for 27-year-old Joshua D Hall. Hall was booked into Spokane County Jail for 5 counts of Possession of a Stolen Firearm and 5 counts of Unlawful Possession of Firearms due to his previous felony convictions. Additional felony charges may be added as the investigation continues.
Monday morning, January 29, 2018, just after 1:00am, Ofc. Chris LeQuire stopped a black Dodge Dakota in the area of Nebraska and Perry. The license plates came back to silver GMC Sierra. Ofc. LeQuire was aware there was an outstanding stolen black Dodge Dakota, so he initiated a stop on the vehicle. As officers approached, they immediately saw a shotgun in the back of the passenger compartment of the truck. Because of this, Hall was patted down for weapons when he was removed from the vehicle and another firearm was found on his person. The pistol found on Hall’s person was reported as stolen during a vehicle prowling in Idaho.
Ofc. LeQuire applied for and was granted a search warrant for the truck after determining it was the stolen Dakota. He was able to recover the shotgun from the back and found three additional rifles. All four of the rifles had been taken during a residential burglary in Spokane just two days prior on the 27th. During the search of the truck, officers also found a jewelry box belonging to the burglary victim’s deceased wife.
Hall was booked into jail for the above charges and additional charges could be forthcoming.
Officers are consistently recovering firearms found in the hands of criminals. Hall was taken into custody quickly and without incident, and those firearms will eventually be returned to their rightful owners. This is a great example of being able to easily identify these items as stolen because the victims not only had the serial numbers for their stolen items, but reported the thefts and those serial numbers to law enforcement.
Officer John O'Brien