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Spokane Police See Dramatic Rise in Honda Thefts

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: The Spokane Police Department has received nearly 70 reports of vehicle thefts involving late 80's to early 90's model Hondas since the 19th of October. That is almost double the average amount we normally see during that time frame.

In response to the increase, Patrol and the Targeted Crime's Unit stepped up efforts to arrest people on the Repeat Offenders program to try and curb the thefts. Over the weekend they affected ten arrests on known car thieves in the area and police were able to recover 50 of the stolen vehicles.

The arrestees for Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle include: 35 year old James T. Harris, 33 year old Gabieal M. Hansen, 22 year old Daniel J. Maddock, and 28 year old Brandon L. Witters. Twenty-two year old Timothy J. Lubben was arrested for Theft of a Motor Vehicle and 28 year old Leslie J. Olson was arrested for Taking Motor Vehicle without Permission among other charges.

Repeat Offender 34 year old Cephas W. Parham was arrested on outstanding felony warrants for Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle. Officers responded to an address in the Shadle area after receiving information Parham was there.

Parham attempted to flee on foot but was contacted by Ofc. Gorman's K9 Max. Parham fought with the dog several times, which included trying to choke Max out during one of the struggles. Officers caught up with Parham and the K9, but Parham continued to resist arrest until officers were able to get handcuffs on him. 

He was treated at a local hospital for injuries he sustained from the K9 contact.  Ofc. Gorman noted that the extent of Parham's injuries were more severe because Parham fought with Max rather than giving up once he was contacted.

Police would like to remind people that own vehicles in the high risk category for thefts, typically Toyotas and Hondas in the late 80's to early 90's range, would benefit from the added protection of a theft prevention device such as "The Club".

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