Burglar arrested in stolen vehicle when he attempted to return to the scene of the crime.

Corporal Maplethorpe

Monday, August 10, 2020 at 1:17 a.m.

Today, August 9, 2020, at approximately 3:20 PM, Spokane Police responded to a recently discovered residential burglary in the 1200 block of S Wall St. 

The victim’s vehicle was stolen in the burglary along with several other items.

A short time later, a Police Corporal was in the area when a caller reported a suspicious vehicle to Police Dispatch.  The vehicle was driving in the area of S Lincoln St and W 6th Ave.  The Corporal recognized the type of vehicle as being similar to the one stolen in the burglary.  The caller reported the vehicle had graffiti sprayed all over it.  The Corporal located the vehicle near the intersection of S Wall St and W 12th Ave, approximately one block from the scene of the burglary.

A male was found sitting in the driver seat and attempted to exit as the Corporal approached.   The male was detained to prevent him from fleeing the scene.  All of the items taken in the burglary were located in the vehicle, minus some cash.

There was extensive damage to the vehicle’s front end.  A neighbor advised officers on scene the vehicle had returned to the location earlier in the day and struck his garage as it was fleeing the scene. 

The vehicle and recovered items were returned to the victim.

Joshua M Holford, 19, was arrested and booked into the Spokane County Regional Jail Facility for 2nd degree burglary, residential burglary, theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of theft 2nd degree and two counts of possession of stolen property 2nd degree. 

Holford already has an extensive criminal history including four felonies and two gross misdemeanors since November 2018:

  • Vehicle theft
  • Theft 2nd degree – for stealing items totaling more than $750
  • Possess stolen property 2nd degree (x2) – for being in possession of obviously stolen property totaling more than $750.
  • Theft 3rd degree (x2) – for stealing items totaling less than $750

Thank you to the caller who took the time to report the victim’s vehicle to Police.  Officers are constantly patrolling Spokane, but calls from savvy individuals reporting criminal, suspicious or unusual situations significantly help to focus our response.   If you have been a witness to or a victim of a crime, please call Crime Check (509-456-2233).

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