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Three suspects arrested in Pullman crime spree

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Sgt. Dave Reagan | Spokane County Sheriff's Office


















(The stolen 1982 Honda and Kawasaki motorcycle sit in the Spokane
County Sheriff's impound lot.)


SPOKANE, Wash. - A Pullman, Washington crime spree was settled Tuesday morning when a deputy stopped to check the welfare of a stranded motorist on Highway 195 near Plaza.

The deputy, along with a reserve deputy, was on patrol in south Spokane County when they spotted a green Ford Explorer parked with its hazard lights on.  The two stopped to see if someone needed help and noticed a note on the steering wheel telling "Danny" that "Heather" had gone for gas.

Noticing an approaching woman carrying a gas can, they spoke with her.  She adamantly denied being Heather and twice gave false names.  They eventually determined she was 27-year-old Heather I. Halseth of Spokane. 

They also determined she had a felony warrant for her arrest and that her license is suspended.  During further conversation, the two deputies learned that the woman had earlier accompanied two men to Pullman and the Washington State University campus.

There the men stole the Ford Explorer and a white 1982 Honda.  They also broke into several cars and stole laptop computers and anything else of value.

The two suspects, 24-year-old Yan Gennadyevich Yefremov and 28-year-old James W. Peterschick, both of Spokane, had also stolen a Honda from Pullman a week earlier.

Pullman officers seized the Explorer and had it towed back to Pullman for execution of a search warrant.

A Spokane County Sheriff's Corporal developed information that the stolen Honda might be at 814 E. Nebraska in Spokane, the home of 47-year-old Misty A. Maus.  His investigation revealed that the theft suspects had been trading stolen property to the woman in exchange for drugs.

The corporal, along with two Property Crimes Task Force members went to the home and saw Yefremov and Peterschick driving up in the stolen Honda.

The two suspects were detained and officials searched the home and garage.

One hundred fourteen items of property or evidence were seized, including a stolen Kawasaki motorcycle, stolen license plates and three stolen laptop computers, one of which had been stolen in the Pullman vehicle break-ins Tuesday morning.

Yefremov was booked into the Spokane County Jail on a single count of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, as was Peterschick. Misty Maus was arrested for First-Degree Possession of Stolen Property. Heather Halseth was not immediately arrested.

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