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Auto theft investigation leads to arrests in Reardan

REARDAN, Wash. - Three people have been arrested on various charges in Stevens County following an auto theft investigation.

On Thursday, November 2, the Stevens County Sheriff's Office received a burglary report for a victim who was calling from Alaska. She informed the Sheriff's Department that her Pontiac Firebird has been stolen from her family's auto shop located in Ford, Washington. Investigators learned that additional vehicles were inside of the shop and the suspect's scheme was to steal and sell classic cars from the shop the next day.

Investigators learned the suspect had contacted a tow company which towed a stolen Pontiac Firebird to 425 Broadway Avenue in Reardan, Washington. 

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office located a vehicle tarped in the front yard of the suspect's residence and believed the vehicle to be the stolen Pontiac. 

On Friday, November 3, detectives from the Stevens County Sheriff's Office and the Spokane Regional Auto Theft Task Force conducted surveillance on the suspect's Reardan residence and the victim's property in Ford. During that operation, two of the three suspects were seen arriving at the victim's property in Ford, where they entered the shop. 

SRATTF detectives, a Steven's County Sheriff's Office detective and deputies along with a Chewelah Police Department K-9 officer apprehended Andrew Samuelson and Christopher Terrell, who were arrested at the victim's shop. SRATTF detectives located and arrested the third suspect, Candi Terrell, in Airway Heights. 

During the on-scene investigation, two people arrived on scene to purchase more of the stolen vehicles. Detectives also learned of a 1977 Corvette Stingray that was sold out of the shop on the previous day. That vehicle was recovered by SRATTF on Monday, November 6, marking the last stolen vehicle and stolen property from the shop that's been recovered. 

All three suspects were booked into the Stevens County Jail on a number of felony charges. Some of those charges include burglary, theft of motor vehicles, trafficking stolen property, and forgery. Two of the suspects were booked on outstanding warrants. 

The Alaska Department of Public Safety, the Spokane Regional Auto Theft Task Force, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, the Stevens County Sheriff's Office, and the Chewelah Police Department all assisted in the investigation. 

 


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