Investigative Work By Citizen Helps Solve Numerous Crimes - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Investigative Work By Citizen Helps Solve Numerous Crimes

SPOKANE POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE:

During the night of May 11th to May 12th, a citizen living near S. 5000 Quail Ridge Circle had his truck stolen from his residence.  Inside the truck was his wallet.  The citizen was notified the next morning that one of his stolen credit cards was used at the Sunset Food Mart, 2627 W. Sunset Blvd. 

The citizen went to the store and spoke to the manager.  The store manger played the store surveillance tape for the citizen and they were able to identify the suspect.  They were also able to see that the suspect went into the West Wynn Hotel across the street.  The citizen contacted the manager at the Hotel.  She went to the store to view the video and was able identify the suspect and the room he was staying at.

The citizen then called the police and Officer Holt Widhalm responded.  Officer Widhalm viewed the video.  He also collected a receipt the suspect signed and discovered that he had used a stolen credit card.

Based on all the facts and circumstances, Officer Widhalm applied for and was granted a search warrant for the hotel room the suspect was seen going into.  Upon executing the search warrant, two males were located inside the room.  In searching the room, Officer Widhalm discovered stolen identifications, credit cards, and other property relating to several other incidents. A small baggy of methamphetamine was also discovered in the room.

Travis W. Talley, 35 years old from Spokane, was arrested for one count of Forgery, two counts of Possession of Stolen Property 2nd Degree, two counts of Possession of Stolen Property 3rd Degree, and one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Talley was also arrested for five outstanding arrest warrants.  The investigation is still continuing and numerous other charges are also pending on Talley. 

The other male in the room, Gabrieal M. Hansen 34 years old from Spokane, was also arrested for one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

This excellent investigative work by the citizen victim and Officer Widhalm resulted in the arrest of a criminal responsible for numerous burglaries, vehicle thefts, and vehicle prowlings in the Spokane area.

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