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Spokane Police Promotes New Car Prowling Law

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KHQ.COM - The Spokane City Council voted unanimously on a measure that would make it a crime to carry tools used for car prowling. 

With property crime up, the Spokane Police Department tells Crime Tracker Kalae Chock this ordinance is one more tool in its tool box to bust the people trying to steal from people in Spokane. 

The ordinance prohibits the possession of vehicle prowling tools; like slim jims, shaved keys, and devices used to break your car window.  Spokane Police can now take a person into custody if they're caught with these items, which are usually used for no good. Captain Judi Carl says officers still have to have probable cause to make an arrest. 

They must look at the totality of circumstances surrounding the possession of these items.  Totality of Circumstances includes the time of day, the area the person is trolling, if they're acting suspiciously and looking through windows, etc.     

The first time a person is caught with prowling tools, they could be sentenced up to 90 days in jail and be fined up to 1 thousand dollars. The second time they're caught with prowling tools, it's considered a gross misdemeanor, which could land a person a year in jail and a 5 thousand dollar fine.

Most importantly, police remind people to help protect themselves by not keeping valuables inside their car and making it less attractive to thieves.

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