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Investigators seize 8 firearms and stolen property

SPOKANE, Wash. - UPDATE: Detectives added 3 additional charges of Possession of a Stolen Firearm to Brown's booking sheet Thursday afternoon.

His bond was originally set at $20,000, and is now set at $170,000.

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SWAT Team members served a search warrant at a residence in the 2500 block of North Perry early Tuesday morning.

They arrested 39-year-old Lawrence T. Brown, a convicted felon, for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (8 counts), Possession of an Unlawful Firearm, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, and Posession of Stolen Property 2nd Degree.

The search warrant came from an ongoing Spokane Valley Investigative Unit investigation encompassing at least seven reported incidents committed throughout Spokane, and involving several victims.

29-year-old Rachel P. Ward-White has been identified as a suspect involved in the crimes.

This includes an incident last December when Ward-White stole a purse from a shopping caught at Goodwill in Spokane Valley.

Ward-White was arrested and booked into Spokane County Jail on April 6 for various charges.

SVIU detectives continued to investigate these multiple related cases, and identified Brown as a possible suspect who was believed to be in possession of a stolen Glock pistol and stolen property taken during a burglary on April 4, and obtained a serch warrant.

The investigation into the multiple cases continues.

Sheriff Knezovich stated, “Yet another case where repeat offenders are out in our community victimizing citizens, stealing and possessing firearms, including another sawed-off shotgun similar to one used in the attempted murder of a deputy two weeks ago. We need to stop looking at property crimes as ‘nonviolent’ folks, because they aren’t. We need to get serious with repeat offenders, hold them accountable and keep them off our streets.”