Police arrest six accused of stealing $150K worth of property

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police have arrested six people they believe are part of a burglary ring, accused of stealing more than $150,000 worth of property.

Jon R. Anderson, Joseph Whipple, Milo Iaulaulo, Solomon Monkiewicz, Kelsi Bendewald and another juvenile male will face a variety of property crimes including Residential Burglary, Commercial Burglary, Possession and Trafficking in stolen property, as well as firearms-related charges.

More arrests are expected to be made as this investigation continues.

After extensive investigative work by Spokane Police Targeted Crimes Detectives for the past several months, 12-time convicted felon and repeat offender 24-year-old Jon R. Anderson was arrested on Argonne and Knox on June 21st.

Anderson had been under surveillance and was driving a vehicle stolen from an earlier burglary from Dishman Dodge on East Sprague. 22-year-old Kelsi Bendewald and 25-year-old Milo Iaulaulo were passengers in the vehicle.

When the vehicle was searched, officers found that it contained thousands of dollars of stolen gold, silver and diamond jewelry. A follow up search warrant of their hotel room in Post Falls recovered tens of thousands of dollars more in stolen property, including a Rose Bowl Championship ring belonging to former Chicago Bear, Stefan Humphries. Humphries, who was a member of the 1985 Super Bowl team, was the former director of St. Luke's Hospital in Spokane. He has moved on since then, but still has a house in Spokane.

On July 3, SPD Patrol officers arrested 24-year-old Joseph Whipple, 20-year-old Solomon Monkiewicz and a juvenile when they were caught burglarizing a home in the 2300 block of W. Rainier Ct. They were booked into the Spokane County Jail for Residential Burglary.

Spokane Police Targeted Crimes Detectives were able to determine the location of a residence frequented by the group located in the 1800 block of East Decatur. A subsequent search warrant of that address resulted in the recovery of tens of thousands of dollars worth of more stolen property.

Several significant items remain outstanding including a Denver Bronco AFC Championship ring, gold and diamond Super Bowl pendant, high-end watches and several firearms.

Many of the property crimes in the City of Spokane are committed by Repeat Offenders and the Spokane Police Department is working to target these repeat offenders and their associates as well reference crime trends in order to most efficiently and effectively combat property crimes.