BEWARE: Car Thieves Take Advantage Cold Snap; Don't Become A Vic - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

BEWARE: Car Thieves Take Advantage Cold Snap; Don't Become A Victim!

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE POLICE DEPT: In less than 24 hours, the Spokane Police Department has taken three stolen vehicle reports where the vehicle was left running unattended.

The most recent incident happened this morning and the vehicle has not yet been located. SPD would like to remind citizens that leaving a vehicle running unattended creates an opportunity for thieves and is also illegal.  

The first of the three recent thefts was reported Thursday morning just before 6:30 am.

The vehicle was taken from the 2800 block-of north Post but has since been recovered. It was found in the county being driven by 26-year-old Brandon M. Stoddard. He was booked into Spokane County Jail for Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle and Attempting to Elude Police. The second vehicle theft occurred Thursday afternoon, just before 3:00pm. 

This vehicle was also recovered. It was located by the victim Friday morning, unoccupied. The third vehicle, a blue 2001 GMC Sonata, WA plate B68260W, was taken this morning just before 5:00am from the 1900 block of west Dean and has not been located.

From September 28th to December 1st of this year, 76% of stolen vehicles have been recovered, but SPD is asking for the public's help in reducing the number of vehicle thefts by eliminating the opportunity for thieves to steal an unoccupied running vehicle.

State law says person driving or in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit it to stand unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition, removing the key and effectively setting the brake thereon and, when standing upon any perceptible grade, turning the front wheels to the curb or side of the highway.

The fine is $124, which can add up on top of possible towing charges and/or damage to the vehicle while it's taken.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • See a movie in a theater every day for a year for only $90? Costco offering bundle with MoviePass and Fandor

    See a movie in a theater every day for a year for only $90? Costco offering bundle with MoviePass and Fandor

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 5:35 PM EST2017-12-13 22:35:41 GMT

    KHQ.COM - If you're into watching movies in theaters AND at home, Costco has a deal for you! The wholesaler is offering an evoucher that bundles a full year of access to MoviePass and Fandor for only $89.99.  MoviePass, which gives free movie tickets, usually costs $120 a year alone. Twelve months of Fandor, a movie streaming service, is $60. 

    >>

    KHQ.COM - If you're into watching movies in theaters AND at home, Costco has a deal for you! The wholesaler is offering an evoucher that bundles a full year of access to MoviePass and Fandor for only $89.99.  MoviePass, which gives free movie tickets, usually costs $120 a year alone. Twelve months of Fandor, a movie streaming service, is $60. 

    >>
  • Racial slurs lead to vicious assault in downtown Spokane

    Racial slurs lead to vicious assault in downtown Spokane

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 10:22 PM EST2017-12-13 03:22:40 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A downtown bar manager is recovering after a vicious assault that occurred last Tuesday. He said it all started when he tried to remove two customers after they were spewing racial slurs.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A downtown bar manager is recovering after a vicious assault that occurred last Tuesday. He said it all started when he tried to remove two customers after they were spewing racial slurs.

    >>
  • Missoula Police searching for 'person of interest' after childrens' bones found in shed

    Missoula Police searching for 'person of interest' after childrens' bones found in shed

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 6:25 PM EST2017-12-13 23:25:24 GMT

    MISSOULA, Mont. - Law enforcement officers in western Montana have a "person of interest" they want to interview after a box containing the bones and teeth of three children were found in the shed of a Missoula home in September.

    >>

    MISSOULA, Mont. - Law enforcement officers in western Montana have a "person of interest" they want to interview after a box containing the bones and teeth of three children were found in the shed of a Missoula home in September.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Spokane Health District pushes to raise smoking age

    Spokane Health District pushes to raise smoking age

    Thursday, December 14 2017 2:10 AM EST2017-12-14 07:10:21 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - You already have to be 21 to buy alcohol, but if the Spokane Regional Health District has anything to say about it, that could soon apply to cigarettes too. They're hoping to make it harder for teenagers to buy and become addicted to cigarettes. The Board of Health in Spokane County has voted unanimously in favor of a resolution that would make teens wait longer to start smoking legally.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - You already have to be 21 to buy alcohol, but if the Spokane Regional Health District has anything to say about it, that could soon apply to cigarettes too. They're hoping to make it harder for teenagers to buy and become addicted to cigarettes. The Board of Health in Spokane County has voted unanimously in favor of a resolution that would make teens wait longer to start smoking legally.

    >>
  • Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, December 13th

    Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, December 13th

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 5:55 PM EST2017-12-13 22:55:57 GMT

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, December 13th.

    >>

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, December 13th.

    >>
  • C-A-T named D-O-G is star canine trainer

    C-A-T named D-O-G is star canine trainer

    Thursday, December 14 2017 1:22 AM EST2017-12-14 06:22:50 GMT
    Support Dogs, IncSupport Dogs, Inc

    ST. LOUIS, MO (AP) - A cat with an unlikely name has an important job at a training center for dogs. Support Dogs, Inc. in St. Louis took in the black and white cat over the summer and named him D-O-G (dee-OH'-jee). He's more than a mascot - officials say he plays a key role getting the dogs comfortable around other animals. Assistance dogs need to be well-behaved and not be distracted in their job helping people who are deaf or have mobility problems. Support Dogs preside...

    >>

    ST. LOUIS, MO (AP) - A cat with an unlikely name has an important job at a training center for dogs. Support Dogs, Inc. in St. Louis took in the black and white cat over the summer and named him D-O-G (dee-OH'-jee). He's more than a mascot - officials say he plays a key role getting the dogs comfortable around other animals. Assistance dogs need to be well-behaved and not be distracted in their job helping people who are deaf or have mobility problems. Support Dogs preside...

    >>