100 people victimized in theft ring - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

100 people victimized in theft ring

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.  – Detectives in Spokane County concluded a 4 month investigation of a major theft ring Tuesday by arresting 6 people and seizing so much stolen property they rented a U-Haul to carry it all. 

Authorities from the Spokane County Sheriff's Office, Spokane Valley Police Department, Liberty Lake Police Department and the United States Secret Service have been tracking various suspects since November before arresting the group today. 

"It's one of the bigger ones we've done in recent history, that's for sure." said Sgt. John Nowels. 

The investigation started in November with a report of stolen gas cards from a commercial fleet in Spokane Valley. 

Detectives identified a suspect using surveillance video.  After interviewing the suspect, detectives say Richard Trower confessed to a series of burglaries and identified several people he worked with in other crimes. 

Authorities tracked the group before arresting several on Tuesday. 

One suspect, Cole Monson, was arrested last week.  The Sheriff's Office says he confessed to 20 burglaries.

The Sheriff's Office says some suspects could face as many as 30 felony charges. 

Detectives executed search warrants at two homes and three storage sheds on Tuesday and planned to spend the next several weeks cataloging the items as evidence. 

Anyone who believes they are the victim of a crime in this case is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

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