Spokane Police make multiple arrests downtown in one hour

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SPOKANE, Wash. — Within the span of an hour, Spokane Police made two felony arrests solving multiple crimes, developed an arson suspect and recovered an expensive stolen bike on Friday.

Spokane Police Downtown Precinct (DTP) said a bike was stolen off the back of a car parked at a local bike shop in the downtown area. The shop’s owner provided police with pictures of the bike and suspect, and within 20-30 minutes the suspect was arrested and the bike was recovered. The suspect allegedly tried to sell the bike for $40, even though it was $2,000.

Police said the same suspect was arrested the day before for stealing a bike from the REI parking lot. He was charged with second degree theft.

At about the same time, additional DTP officers spotted a burglary suspect wanted for burglarizing a prominent local business throughout the night. Police said the suspect allegedly spent nearly four hours stacking and stashing property from the business and vandalizing the place. There was evidence that he urinated on the wall inside the business.

Police said the suspect was arrested and charged with second degree burglary and second degree malicious mischief. He reportedly has a lengthy criminal history and is the suspect in numerous burglaries downtown and around Spokane.

Shortly after that arrest, DTP officers responded to an arson incident at a downtown apartment complex. Because of video footage of the suspect and DTP’s extensive knowledge of chronic criminal offenders, they said they identified a suspect and has been charged with first degree arson.