SPD SPEAR unit arrests two for trafficking stolen property

Ofc. Daniel Strassenberg, PIO

Friday, January 26, 2024 at 3:56 p.m.

The SPD Stolen Property Enforcement and Recovery (SPEAR) team completed a vehicle prowling/trafficking stolen property investigation this week that resulted in the arrest of two people who have been stealing thousands of dollars worth of items from cars, garages, and porches over the past several months. On 11-17-23 a vehicle was broken in to in the area of 800 W Main.  Collectable items (pictures below) were stolen valued at four thousand dollars.  The owner reported the theft to Crime Check.  On 1-12-24, a female (later identified as Shandara Kearney) took the stolen items to a local gaming shop in an attempt to sell them.  The business became aware the items, Warhammer figures, had been reported stolen and contacted the Spokane Police Department. SPEAR arrested Kearney on 1-18-24.

The continuing investigation resulted in the name of another suspect involved in the theft and trafficking scheme, Eric Gaines. Officers detained and arrested him at a south-hill location, also on 1-18-24.  The investigation culminated in multiple charges for the suspects.  Shandra M. Kearney (26) was booked in to the Spokane County Jail for 1st degree trafficking stolen property, 2nd degree theft from a motor vehicle and 2nd degree vehicle prowling.  Eric. R. Gaines (34) was arrested and booked for 1st degree trafficking of stolen property.  

The arrests show the value of reporting thefts such as this to the Spokane Police Department, both in apprehending those responsible for the crimes, and also in the recovery of items. SPD was able to return numerous stolen items to their owners. The assistance of local pawn shops and other businesses was also critical in apprehending the thieves in this case.

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