Woman arrested after off-duty officer recognizes stolen vehicle - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Woman arrested after off-duty officer recognizes stolen vehicle



















SPOKANE, Wash. - An officer who took a stolen vehicle report Tuesday was able to assist in recovering that vehicle after it pulled in front of him later in the day.

The off-duty officer immediately recognized the black Nissan Pathfinder as stolen and followed the driver to the Shadle Wal-Mart parking lot. An off-duty sergeant on his way home met the officer to provide assistance while the two waited for on duty units to arrive.

Once officers arrived on scene, they took the driver, 36-year-old Christal Helsley into custody.

Since February 25, there has been an increase in stolen vehicle activity in the area of 12th and South Ivory St. Several vehicles have been stolen from and recovered in a six mile radius of that location, including the Nissan Pathfinder.

Over his last five day work week, which ended yesterday, the officer who recognized the stolen Pathfinder has recovered nine stolen vehicles.

His patrol car is equipped with two cameras and an automatic license-plate recognition system allowing him to scan vehicle license plates and compare it against a nationwide database of stolen vehicles, allowing him to recover stolen cars faster.

While this does give Spokane Police Department another tool to assist them with stolen vehicles, you can still take precautions when leaving their vehicles unattended to avoid having their vehicle become a target.

  • Secure Your Vehicle - park in a locked garage or well lit area, lock your doors, don't leave the engine running unattended
  • Sterilize Your Vehicle – avoid leaving anything of value in plain sight inside the vehicle.
  • Anti-Theft Devices – clubs, alarm systems 
  • Report the Crime to the Police – Vehicle Prowling or Vehicle Theft

Information from: Spokane Police Department

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Can you prank your mom? 'The 25 pound turkey challenge'

    Can you prank your mom? 'The 25 pound turkey challenge'

    Wednesday, December 21 2016 2:36 PM EST2016-12-21 19:36:25 GMT

    KHQ.COM - Most mothers can only hope by the time their children grow up and move out of the house, they've learned all the necessary things to be a successful adult, including the basic knowledge that a turkey must be cooked in an oven, or perhaps in a smoker... NOT in a microwave. For this reason a new prank-challenge going around on Facebook is resulting in some hilarious text conversations between mothers and their grown children.

    >>

    KHQ.COM - Most mothers can only hope by the time their children grow up and move out of the house, they've learned all the necessary things to be a successful adult, including the basic knowledge that a turkey must be cooked in an oven, or perhaps in a smoker... NOT in a microwave. For this reason a new prank-challenge going around on Facebook is resulting in some hilarious text conversations between mothers and their grown children.

    >>
  • Spokane Police investigating death of man shot during sex

    Spokane Police investigating death of man shot during sex

    Wednesday, November 14 2018 8:45 PM EST2018-11-15 01:45:55 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police are investigating the death of a man who reportedly shot himself in the head during sex. In a search warrant filed Nov. 8 in Spokane Superior Court, a detective wrote that around 2 a.m. on Nov. 4, police were called to a home in the 7800 block of North Morton Ave. after a woman said her partner shot himself in the head. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police are investigating the death of a man who reportedly shot himself in the head during sex. In a search warrant filed Nov. 8 in Spokane Superior Court, a detective wrote that around 2 a.m. on Nov. 4, police were called to a home in the 7800 block of North Morton Ave. after a woman said her partner shot himself in the head. 

    >>
  • Santa Clara Police expanding resources in attempt to locate missing Spokane man

    Santa Clara Police expanding resources in attempt to locate missing Spokane man

    Wednesday, November 14 2018 7:48 PM EST2018-11-15 00:48:21 GMT

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Police in California are looking for a missing Spokane man who went missing during the San Francisco 49ers game Monday night.  32-year-old Ian Powers was last seen at the game with his family Monday night. He went to the restroom alone late in the game and hasn't been seen since, police told local media.  

    >>

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Police in California are looking for a missing Spokane man who went missing during the San Francisco 49ers game Monday night.  32-year-old Ian Powers was last seen at the game with his family Monday night. He went to the restroom alone late in the game and hasn't been seen since, police told local media.  

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/