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Spokane Detectives Looking for Victims of "One-Man Crime Wave"

SPOKANE, Wash- A man described by law enforcement investigators as a "one-man crime wave" has hit Spokane County, and detectives want to know who his unreported victims are.

Ricky Wayne Everett arrived in Spokane about five weeks ago and has already peppered the community with bad checks.  He was arrested by sheriff's detectives Tuesday night for Theft of a Motor Vehicle after he purchased a Honda from a Chattaroy man using a bad check.

The 33-year-old suspect moved here from Portland, Oregon in early April and in May obtained a business license from the City of Spokane under the name of Ricky's PI Service.  He currently lives in the 3600 block of East Queen.

Since arriving here, Everett has answered his phone as "Officer Everett" and has portrayed himself as a policeman to civilians.  He is known to carry a Taser.

Everett already has written bad checks to a veterinary clinic, a flower shop, a feed store, the phone company and a travel agency.  Law enforcement authorities in Oregon report he has impersonated a Deputy U.S. Marshal and has responded to accident scenes as a police officer carrying a holster with bb pistol and a two-way radio with shoulder microphone.

He has portrayed himself at accident scenes and at hospitals as an EMT, and sometimes carries a medical bag.

Everett already has existing warrants for his arrest (limited extradition) out of Maryland for larceny and insufficient funds checks.  When arrested Tuesday night, detectives saw stacks of check stock at his residence.

In checking his banking history here, detectives found he had written insufficient funds checks for $800 to the Longhorn BBQ and $4,500 to Pepsi Co., yet no crime reports have been received. 

Detectives believe there are victim businesses in Spokane County that have written off their losses rather than reporting them to law enforcement.  It is those unreported victims detectives hope to develop for future criminal prosecution.

Anyone who has had contact with Ricky Wayne Everett or who has accepted a check from Ricky's PI Service is urged to call Crime Check at 456-2233 to make a report.  Detectives will follow up all leads provided.

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