OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: On Saturday morning, May 12th, at about 6:00 a.m., a tire
store employee saw a truck parked next to a trailer at the business located near
the 1100 block of West Francis Avenue when he arrived at work. The business has
had several thefts recently and the employee did not recognize the vehicle
parked next to the trailer.
The employee parked his vehicle behind the truck and saw two
tires had been placed in the bed of the truck from the trailer. The employee
confronted an adult male and female walking out of the trailer and told them he
had called police. Both suspects did not say anything and walked away in
separate directions. Sheriff's deputies later determined the truck had been
stolen out of Lincoln County.
Deputy Truman was responding to the area and saw a male that
matched the suspect description walking down Stevens Street. Deputy Truman
contacted the male, who initially provided a false name. Deputy Truman detained
the male who then provided his correct name of 51 year old Mark Gregory. Gregory told Deputy Truman he had a warrant for his arrest, which in fact he did
for Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Deputy Truman placed Gregory under arrest for his felony
warrant and advised him of his rights. Gregory admitted he was at the tire
business with his friend "Mandy" and drove the truck, which he had borrowed from
a friend. Gregory also admitted they were there to steal tires.
Prior to placing Gregory into his patrol vehicle, Gregory told
Deputy Truman "there is some meth in my pocket. I found it on the ground. It's
not mine". Deputy Truman found a small plastic baggy in Gregory's front pocket
that did in fact contain methamphetamine.
Gregory was booked into the Spokane County Jail on the charges of Possession
of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), Possession of a Stolen Vehicle,
Third Degree Theft and a felony Possession of a Controlled Substance