Group of convicted felons arrested for breaking into Arc of Spokane thrift store

Group of convicted felons arrested for breaking into Arc of Spokane thrift store

Sunday night, police arrested four people who are accused of breaking into and stealing from the Arc of Spokane thrift store in downtown Spokane.

Officers were responding to an alarm call at the store. The first officer on scene saw several people walking away. As the officer approached them, two men took off running.

The officer chased them and found 33-year-old Shawn Flewell hiding under a car in the adjacent parking lot. Police said Flewell had tried to hide jewelry that had been stolen from the store inside the frame of the vehicle.

More responding officers detained 33-year-old Kristina Collins and 49-year-old Thomas Eldredge in the parking lot of the store. Police said Eldredge tried to walk away and act like he didn’t know what was going on.

SPD K9 Zeus arrived to search the area and found another man, 25-year-old Austin Warriner, hiding in a bush about 200 yards away. Warriner was bit by K9 Zeus and taken to the hospital for treatment before being booked into jail.

Police reviewed surveillance video from the Arc which showed three of the four suspects going into the store, stealing jewelry from the counter, taking laptop computers and a power tool.

Police said two of the men were seen trying to get into the cash registers. The fourth suspect stayed outside the store to act as a lookout.

All four were booked from 2nd degree burglary and 3rd degree theft. Each had an extensive criminal history.