AS THE INLAND NORTHWEST TRIES TO BEAT THE HEAT AT
LOCAL SWIMMING HOLES.
CAR PROWLERS ARE SHOWING UP AT BEACH PARKING LOTS
AND STEALING THE STUFF THAT WON'T FIT IN YOUR BATHING
IT'S HAPPENED AT LEAST 75 TIMES AT TRAILHEADS UP AND
DOWN THE SPOKANE RIVER.
AND TONIGHT KXLY FOUR'S JEFF HUMPHREY SHOWS YOU WHAT
YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT STAYING COOL AND AVOIDING SUMMERTIME
THE PROBLEM HAS GOTTEN SO BAD AROUND BOULDER BEACH
AND PLANTES FERRY PARK THAT SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES HAVE
BEEN LEAVING BEHIND THIS PAMPHLETS ON WINDSHIELDS
WARNING DRIVERS THEY'RE IN A CAR PROWLING HOT SPOT.
THIEVES KNOW IF YOU'RE HEADING FOR THE WATER, YOU'RE
LEAVING BEHIND THE STUFF YOU DON'T WANT TO GET WET
IN YOUR CAR.
IT'S BEEN A SIZZLING SUMMER AND SO AFTER WORK, A LOT
OF US ARE HEADING TO THE WATER TO COOL OFF.
BOULDER BEACH IS THE POOR MAN'S VERSION OF THE COUNTRY
CLUB SWIMMING POOL.
DEBBIE CROSTON 40;39 we go out here to go swimming,
cool off, play in the sand and have fun 40;43
DEBBIE CROSTON AND HER KIDS ARE BOULDER BEACH REGULARS
AND KNOW THE BUSY PARKING LOT HERE CAN GIVE THIEVES
A LOT OF TARGETS TO CHOSE FROM.
ESPECIALLY WHEN SWIMMERS TRY TO KEEP THEIR ELECTRONICS
AND WALLETS FROM GETTING WET BY STASHING THEM IN THE
DEPUTY MARK GREGORY/SPOKANE SHERIFF'S OFFICE 40;50
people take things out of their pockets because they
don't want to get them wet, leave them in their cars
and it's an opportunity for some of the criminals
to go and cause those people to have a bad day and
be a victim 41;00
KEEP IN MIND THE CROOKS CAN'T AFFORD AIR CONDITIONING
EITHER, SO THEY'RE CONTENT TO SPEND THE DAY AT THE
BEACH, WATCHING WHO'S GOING RAFTING OR RUNNING AND
THAT TELLS THEM THEY HAVE PLENTY OF TIME TO BREAK
INTO YOUR CAR.
DEBBIE CROSTON 41;28 lock up you cars, don't leave
anything that's visible, no phones, no ipods nothing.
make it look like there's nothing in your vehicle
or just take it with us 41;37
THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS NOW USING SOME OF ITS UNDERCOVER
DEPTUIES TO CATCH THE BEACH BUMS STEALING OUR STUFF,
BUT IN THE MEANTIME PLAN AHEAD AND LEAVE AS MUCH AS
YOU CAN AT HOME.
43;26 we are trying to hit the areas that are being
targeted by these thieves and we are trying to get
this information out through the media and other sources,
trying to get people to watch out for themselves or
they can be a victim of these crimes 43;38
RIGHT NOW BECAUSE OF STAFFING SHORTAGES THE SHERIFF'S
OFFICE IS NOT RUNNING BIKE PATROLS THAT IN PREVIOUS
SUMMERS PROTECTED BEACHES ALONG THE CENTENNIAL TRAIL.
THAT'S WHY IF YOU WITNESS OR ARE THE VICTIM A CAR
PROWLING YOU NEED TO REPORT IT SO DEPUTIES CAN BETTER
FOCUS THEIR RESOURCES ON THE PROBLEM.
REPORTING IN RIVERSIDE STATE PARK, JEFF HUMPHREY,