Footprints In Snow Lead Police To Car Prowlers

SPOKANE, Wash. - Police were able to arrest two suspected car prowlers Wednesday morning by following their footprints in the snow.

A homeowner in the 6200 block of North Whitehouse called police just before 4:30 a.m. and said he caught a couple of men lurking around his car.

When the homeowner confronted the men they took off and fired something at him. The man said the shots were very faint and that it could have been a cap gun.

Police arrived and began their investigation by blocking off the area around Whitehouse and Francis. Officers spotted a Subaru Legacy driving recklessly in that area, but they were not able to catch up to the vehicle.

Officers later spotted the Subaru abandoned in the area of Houston and Regal. When officers called in the license plate number it came back as an unreported stolen vehicle from the South Hill.

They followed footprints in the snow leading away from the vehicle, which led them to the area of Francis and Lacey, where 24-year-old Jesse J. Luna and his brother 21-year-old Gregory R. Luna were both arrested.

Both men are booked into Spokane County Jail for Second Degree Taking a Motor Vehicle Without Permission.