Arrests made in smash-and-grab burglaries
(The Honda Yefremov and Solodyankin are suspected to using to ram
the front doors of Pawn One.)
SPOKANE, Wash. - Two people have been arrested in connection with a pair of smash-and-grab burglaries in which police say the suspects used stolen cars to ram store fronts.
Police say on December 7, three cars were stolen from a locked storage area at Spokane Community College. The three vehicles were a 2001 Lexus, 2003 Toyota Sequoia and a 2008 Land Cruiser.
That same night, police believe Yan Yefremov and Aleksey Solodyankin used the Toyota Sequoia to ram the front of Pounder's Jewelry in an effort to get inside. The pair was unable to get into the store and abandoned the vehicle nearby.
A short time later, the pair drove a stolen Honda through the front doors of the Pawn One, in the 3700 block of N. Market. Yefremov and Solodyankin were able to get inside the building and made off with a good amount of merchandise.
Two days after the burglaries, Spokane County Sheriff's deputies recovered the Lexus stolen from SCC in the parking lot of a Motel 6 near I-90 and Argonne and took one suspect, Yefremov, into custody.
After Yefremov's arrest, detectives learned of Solodyankin's involvement in the burglaries. Solodyankin was later arrested on January 20.
Solodyankin is facing multiple charges for his involvement in the vehicle thefts and smash-and-grab burglaries.
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