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Police Report
6/26/2014 2:28:23 PM

The following incidents and arrests were among those reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department from May 19 to June 23. The report is listed in chronological order.

• RV theft/vandalism - At 8 a.m. May 19, LLPD responded to a report of theft at the 19000 block of East Cataldo Avenue, where a business reported that three recreational vehicles were entered overnight and damaged extensively. The combined value of items stolen and damage was estimated in excess of $10,000. The following day at 4:16 p.m., officers received an additional report of theft from the location, when another RV was entered overnight and a flat-screen television taken.

• Scam averted - At 8 a.m. May 19, LLPD received a report of fraud at the 800 block of North Malvern Circle. A complainant reported being contacted via the Internet in regard to the sale of a painting. The agreed upon amount to purchase the painting was $3,500; however, the buyer sent a check to the complainant for $6,500 and asked that he cash the check and send back the extra funds via a wire transfer. The complainant was aware this is a sign of a scam and made contact with LLPD to report the incident.

• Stolen bicycle No. 1 - At 4:41 p.m. May 20, LLPD responded to a report of theft at the 22000 block of East Mission Avenue, where a man reported that someone had stolen his $400 bicycle from the Park and Ride during the course of the day.

• Found laptop - At 11:30 a.m. May 22, LLPD received a laptop found at Mission Avenue and Holl Road. However, due to the condition of the laptop, an owner was unable to be located.

• Theft arrest - A 27-year-oold Liberty Lake man was arrested at 5:07 a.m. May 22 at the 1200 block of North Liberty Lake Road for theft. A store employee reported a man who was known from two previous theft incidents was back in the store with a basket of items. Officers arrived and positioned themselves outside the store. The man saw the officers upon leaving the store and proceeded to throw down his items and run. Shortly after, he was apprehended and booked into the Spokane County Jail on charges of retail theft.

• Stereo theft - At 10:24 a.m. May 25, LLPD responded to the 1300 block of North Fairway Road when a complainant reported that sometime during the night, someone had entered his unlocked vehicle and stolen his $650 stereo system.

• Juvenile arrested - A 14-year-old girl was arrested at 11 a.m. May 26 at the 19000 block of East Shannon Avenue for assault and interfering with the reporting of domestic violence. A person reported the subject had hit her and a family member. The girl was arrested after investigation and booked into Spokane Juvenile Detention.

• Lost property - At 9:44 a.m. May 27, LLPD received a lost property report from a woman visiting the United States from France. She left her wallet with all documentation and money on the roof of her vehicle when leaving a local store and drove away. 

• Fraud - At noon May 27, LLPD responded to a report of fraud at the 1300 block of North Fairway. The complainant reported someone had fraudulently charged his bank account in the amount of $1,086. 

• Stolen bicycle No. 2 - At 10:42 p.m. May 28, LLPD responded to a report of theft at the 24000 block of East Spotted Owl. A woman reported her husband's $100 bicycle was stolen from outside, where it was unlocked. 

• Garage theft - At 11:03 a.m. May 29, LLPD responded to the 2100 block of North Sedge Lane for a burglary/theft. A man said he left his garage open and his vehicle parked inside unlocked and with the keys in the ignition. Overnight, an estimated $700 of goods was stolen from the vehicle, he said.

• Stolen bicycle No. 3 - At 6 a.m. May 30, LLPD responded to a report of theft at the 22000 block of East Country Vista Drive, where a $1,050 bicycle was reported stolen. The owner said he had locked the bike outside his apartment before it was stolen overnight. 

• Juvenile ‘out of control' - At 2:43 p.m. May 30, LLPD responded to the 1200 block of North Liberty Lake Road on the report that a juvenile male was in store custody after walking through the store and eating items without paying for them and then attempting to leave. The officer made contact with the subject's mother, who advised her son was "out of control" and had been trespassed from multiple locations. The boy told officers he intended to steal the items. He was released to his mother, and charges were forwarded to the prosecutor's office. 

• Stolen vehicle reported, but not stolen - At 6:35 p.m. May 30, LLPD received a report of a stolen vehicle at Appleway and Molter from a man who said he was currently out of state staying at a hotel but had been pulled over for DWLS earlier in the month in Liberty Lake. He said he had parked his vehicle in a parking lot and was given a ride to another location, but upon return to his vehicle found it was not there. He believes a family member that has been consistently harassing him stole the vehicle. Officers went to the location, and observed the vehicle to still be parked in the same spot.

• Drug possession - A 20-year-old Spokane Valley man was arrested at 5:35 a.m. June 2 at Henry and East Country Vista for possession of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of burglary tools. An officer observed the man walking down the roadway dressed in all black with what appeared to be a weighted-down backpack. He was walking from an area where many recent vehicle prowls have been reported. Upon contact, the man reported he was coming from a friend's home where he was returning a jacket. When asked if he had any weapons, he advised he had a knife. During a pat down, the officer found a meth pipe, drug paraphernalia and burglary tools. He was arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail.

• Stolen bicycle No. 4 - At 9 a.m. June 5, LLPD responded to the 19000 block of East Caufield Avenue for a report that someone had entered an open garage and taken a $250 bicycle from inside. 

• Domestic violence arrest - A 33-year-old Liberty Lake woman was arrested at 4:30 p.m. June 5 at the 21000 block of East Country Vista Drive for domestic violence assault. She originally called police to report her boyfriend would not leave the residence after she had asked and then went on to report she had hit him. An officer made contact her at the location, and she was arrested for domestic violence. 

• Stolen bicycles Nos. 5 and 6 - At 1 p.m. June 7, LLPD responded to the 22000 block of East Country Vista Drive for a theft. A woman reported two bicycles she had locked in front of her apartment had been stolen. The bicycles were estimated at costing $490.

• Vehicle prowl - At 5:16 p.m. June 7, LLPD responded to the 24000 block of East Hawkstone Loop for a vehicle prowl. The complainant reported walking out to the vehicle and finding a knife lying on the driver's seat of the vehicle. While no damage was observed to have been done to the vehicle, an estimated $475 in items were taken from inside.

• Theft - At 10 a.m. June 12, LLPD responded to the 19000 block of East Cataldo for a theft report. Overnight, a vehicle belonging to a customer was entered and three televisions were taken from inside.

• Suspicious circumstance - At 11:46 a.m. June 13, LLPD responded to the 24000 block of East Maxwell for a suspicious circumstance. A woman reported that sometime during the night her vehicle was stolen, and $1,200 along with three credit cards were also taken. Major damage to her vehicle was also reported. The case was closed after investigation led to the complainant admitting she blacked out and had forgotten she drove to the casino during the night. 

• Theft - At 1:51 p.m. June 14, LLPD responded to the 1300 block of North Liberty Lake Road for a lost property/theft report at a local business. The complainant reported leaving $100 at the register after gathering his items, and upon return for the funds they were missing. A review of surveillance footage showed two teenage males take the money. The matter was forwarded to the detective for investigation.

• Bicycle goes week without being stolen - At 11:30 a.m. June 19, a bicycle was brought into the police department. The bicycle had been abandoned in front of the library for over a week.

• Disorderly conduct - At 2:48 a.m. June 21, LLPD responded to the 23000 block of East Inlet Drive for a disorderly conduct. A complainant reported there was a young male pounding on her door and threatening to kill her if she didn't open up. The male left her door and started to pound on a neighboring door yelling the same thing. Officers made contact with the male as he walked down the roadway a short time later and observed him to be highly intoxicated. A family member was called to the location to escort him home.

• Child abuse - At 11:47 p.m. June 21, LLPD responded to the 21000 block of Rockrose Lane for child abuse. After picking her child up from her ex-spouse's residence, the complainant noticed bruising near both of the child's ears. The incident was forwarded to another agency for follow up.

• Theft - At 1:43 a.m. June 23, LLPD responded to the 22000 block of East Appleway Avenue for a theft. The complainant reported a male and female entered the store, and the male tried to distract the complainant while the female filled a cooler full of items. When the complainant confronted both individuals, they fled. Officers identified the vehicle, and pictures of the suspects were shown to the complainant, who confirmed they were the subjects involved. Video surveillance is being reviewed and forwarded to the detective.

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Reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department May 19 to June 23
Alarm 3
Animal problem 1
Burglary 4
Child abuse or neglect 1
Citizen assist 4
Custodial interference 1
Deceased person 1
Disorderly conduct 2
Domestic violence 2
Drug possession 1
Family fight 3
Fraud 3
Fugitive 1
Harassment 2
Juvenile runaway 1
Lost or found property 5
Malicious mischief 2
Not classified 6
Property theft 14
Recovered stolen vehicle 1
Suspicious person/circumstance 9
Traffic accident 2
Traffic hazard 1
Traffic offense 17
Trespassing 1
Vehicle prowl 4
Vehicle theft 1
Violation of court order 1
Welfare check 3

Reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department May 19 to June 23
Assault IV 1
Driving without a license 1
Driving without a license with ID 1
Expired registration 6
Failure to wear safety belt 1
Fugitive of this state 1
Improper lane usage 1
Liability insurance 6
Speeding 15
Texting while driving 1
Unsafe/improper backing 1
Violation of protection order 2

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Morgan promoted to sergeant
Darin Morgan, a seven-year veteran of the Liberty Lake Police Department, was recently promoted from master police officer to sergeant. Morgan replaces Clint Gibson, who died in April in an off-duty incident.  

Morgan previously worked for the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office following a career in the U.S. Army, where part of his service included a role in rescuing U.S. soldiers during the 1993 "Black Hawk Down" incident in Somalia.

Morgan maintains a role in the U.S. Army Reserves.