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New phone scam may be targeting recently widowed

New phone scam may be targeting recently widowed

Spokane Police want to warn citizens about a new scam that appears to be targeting the recently widowed, claiming to be from a life insurance company and requiring money to ensure proper compensation.

Crime Check took the first report on Friday, September 26. The potential victim's husband had died the week before and she received a call from someone claiming to be from an insurance agency where her husband had a policy.

The caller told the widow that the policy payments had not been kept up to date but, if she caught up with the payments, they would be able to ensure she received her life insurance payout from her husband's death. The caller then instructed the woman to get pre-paid cards loaded with cash.

Fortunately, the victim realized the call was a scam and reported it to police. If you receive a call similar to this one, or believe you may have been the victim of a scam, please call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Vigil today to honor victims of unsolved violent crime

Vigil today to honor victims of unsolved violent crime

The Spokane County Victim/Witness Unit is holding a vigil this afternoon in observance of the “National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.”

The event will be held in the County Commissioners Hearing Room on the lower level of the Public Works Building (1026 W. Broadway Ave.). It begins at 5 pm with a meet-and-greet for families and friends to connect with each other, followed at 6 pm by the vigil.

Since 1951 the Victim/Witness Unit has documented 658 murders, vehicular homicides and unsolved violent crimes throughout Spokane County. While several of the cases occurred outside of the county, their families are located here.

Spokane Police urging anonymous tipster to call back

Spokane Police urging anonymous tipster to call back

Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives are looking for the public to help them gain more information about a homicide at the Howard Johnson Motel on August 10.

The day after the crime, Spokane Police received two anonymous messages from the same person with information, and now detectives are asking that individual to contact them again and request to speak with Detective Barrington.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for anyone providing information that leads to an arrest in the indicident. Persons with information, including the anonymous tipster, should call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Spokane Police warn about new jury duty scam

Spokane Police warn about new jury duty scam

From the Spokane Police Department:

The Spokane Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies are receiving reports of a scam involving jury duty. Victims report they have received a call, telling them they failed to respond to a jury duty summons and now have to pay an officer money to keep from going to jail. Law enforcement officers never call people with warrants requesting payments over the phone to take care of their legal issues. If you receive calls similar to this or believe you may have been the victim of a scam, please call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

On August 6, 2014, just after 8:00 pm, a man contacted police after receiving a suspicious phone call. The caller identified himself as a Deputy from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect advised the potential victim that he had missed jury duty and had a bench warrant for his arrest. The suspect then went on to tell the victim he needed to get a pre-paid credit card for $1,000 and they could take care of the warrant over the phone.

National Night Out Against Crime

National Night Out Against Crime

It's National Night Out and we've put together a list of celebrations in and around your neighborhood.

National Night Out began in 1984 in an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Check out the list below to see what's going on in your neck of the woods:

 

Kootenai County, Idaho – Hayden City Park 8930 N. Government Way

  • 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Entertainment
  • Free Food and Drinks
  • Giveaways
  • Crime Prevention and Safety Information

 

Moscow, Idaho – Eastside Marketplate 1420 S. Blaine St.

Deputies arrest suspect in nearly 20 locker room burglaries

Deputies arrest suspect in nearly 20 locker room burglaries

After six months of investigations, Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies believe they have found the man responsible for a string of gym thefts.

From keys, wallets, and even firearms, whatever was in sight, officials believe the suspect didn't hesitate to steal it.

South Hill Gold's Gym employee Tyler Barranger said Ilya Glushchenko, 24, told front desk employees he needed to use the restroom.

That's when he went into the locker room and allegedly stole valuables.

Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Chamberlin said he mostly targeted the South Hill, but he also stole from gyms in North Spokane, Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake. Some locks where cut, but most items were in unsecured lockers. There were a total of 19 different victims.

"Some of the victims he would actually take their keys, walk around the parking lot with the key fob with the alarm, trying to figure out car it belonged to and getting into those vehicles," Chamberlin said.

Construction halted after equipment stolen from Deer Park work site

Construction halted after equipment stolen from Deer Park work site

Construction has been halted on a work-site in Deer Park after someone stole $20,000 worth of tools Saturday night.

"Pretty much lost yesterday and today, and probably most of tomorrow," said construction worker Tom Edwards. "Literally cut the hinges off of one of the trailers and stole tools, air tools, cordless tools."

A gray trailer belonging to Scott and Sons Heating and Air Conditioning was also taken from the site.

Edwards says it's frustrating, and now the first time something like this has happened. He says it can be hard work trying to stay one step ahead of the thieves.

"You're always taking greater steps to lock your stuff up and protect your stuff, but they always find a way, it seems like, to get by that," said Edwards.

Edwards hopes his crew can be back to work by Thursday.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward leading to an arrest of the tool thief or thieves. That number is 1-800-222-TIPS.