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Local Lawyer Tackles Car Prowling Suspect

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A man who practices law took the law into his own hands this week, tackling and pinning a prolific car prowling suspect until police could arrive.

Brant Stevens practices civil law at an office on North Monroe. He does not handle criminal cases. But on Friday, a crime found him. Stepping outside of his home on the 1500 block of North Coach Drive in Spokane Valley, Brant said he saw a man - later identified as Nathan Calvert - rifling through his unlocked truck.

Spokane Valley Police have since tied Calvert to at least 100 car prowls in the last few weeks across Spokane County, Spokane Valley, and the City of Spokane. Detectives said Calvert confessed to prowling, and stealing items from, 30 to 40 cars a night for several weeks. Detectives said Calvert was high on meth during the alleged crimes.

Calvert even bragged about his suspected crimes online, via cell phone video that he posted on Facebook, where he proudly displayed a Jeep-full of stolen items. The Jeep was also stolen.

But it was when Calvert rifled through Stevens' car, that his alleged string of crimes came to an end.

"Honestly, my immediate reaction was 'Oh you...dirty word!" Stevens explained when he saw Calvert.

Just a few weeks earlier, Stevens said, a thief had broken into the same truck. Stevens was determined not to let a bad guy get away a second time.

"So I drop my gym bag and take of running after him," he said.

Soon, the pair stood man to man, before Stevens quickly tackled Calvert.

"I brushed him to the side and I got him in a bear hug," Stevens said. Then, "there was a street sign and I kind of cross-faced his face like this and did my best to wrap up his legs in my legs."

For the next 20 minutes, Stevens said he waited awkwardly for Spokane Valley Police to arrive. In that time, Stevens said Calvert played to his sympathies.

"He starts telling me 'I've got a kid and I'm just trying to get some Christmas money put together.' And a part of me was like 'I should let this guy up because it's Christmas. And then the other part of me was like, 'He's ruined probably everybody else's Christmas. He's kind of the Grinch at this point."

Police arrested Calvert and booked him into the Spokane County Jail.

While this situation turned out ok for Stevens, police do not recommend that people go after a suspect. They say that's very dangerous and police would rather victims act as a good witness - catching a license plate for instance - and call police first.

KHQ requested an interview with Calvert while he was in jail. He declined.

 

RECOVERING YOUR STOLEN PROPERTY:

If you live in Spokane County, Spokane Valley, or the City of Spokane and your property was recently stolen, it's likely you can find that property on Facebook. Police collected all of the items Nathan Calvert is alleged to have swiped and posted them on the Spokane Valley Police Department Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Spokane-Valley-Police-Department/121436521217500?ref=ts

There are dozens of items pictured online including golf clubs, power tools, bikes, backpacks, navigation systems, and much more. As of Tuesday, some victims had come forward to claim property but there were still several more items to be accounted for.

Spokane Valley Police Sergeant John Nowels, who works for the property crimes unit, said using social media has "been very beneficial and I think we'll see more of this in the future. We've been looking for a way to do this for some time through web pages and things like that but Facebook seemed like a really popular way to get that done."

Nowels said at least six victims who came forward did not file a police report but Nowels encourages property crimes victims to always file a report.

It's possible, he said, that one agency, or one property crimes unit, might find stolen property that another agency might not.

 

INSTRUCTIONS TO FIND STOLEN PROPERTY ON FACEBOOK:

Go to Facebook and type in "Spokane Valley Police Department", click on "photos" in the left-hand column, then click on the Photos titled "December 12, 2011."

The Spokane Valley Police Department is located at 12710 E Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley, WA 99216. The main number is (509) 477-3300

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