Homeless man crashes stolen van through police dept. precinct

Homeless man crashes stolen van through police dept. precinct

Employees at Sweet Frostings Bakery were loading a large gingerbread sculpture they’d spent over 100 hours building into the company van this morning when a homeless man approached and threatened them.

The employees locked themselves in the store while the man stole the business’s van.

The man, later identified as 32-year-old Jesse Jones, sped off in the van heading eastbound on First Avenue and made his way to the intermodal parking lot where he backed through the glass doors of the Spokane Police Department’s downtown precinct.

Jones ran from the scene but when SPD officers reviewed surveillance video of the incident, they were able to identify the suspect as Jones and found him on the corner of Sprague and Bernard. Officers say Jones was a known offender.

Witnesses were able to confirm Jones’ identity and he was booked into the Spokane County jail for Theft of a motor vehicle, 1st degree Malicious mischief, Hit and Run on Unattended Building and two counts of Felony harassment threats to kill.

The gingerbread house did get damaged, but bakery staff said they were still able to compete at the 10th annual Christ Kitchen Gingerbread Build-Off.

The masterpiece was selected as the winner of the People’s Choice category.