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The Grinches That Didn't Steal Christmas

JOINT PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND THE SPOKANE VALLEY POLICE DEPT: On Friday, December 20th, 2013, Airway Heights Officers responded to Zip Trip in the city limits on a medics call. Once the occupants of the vehicle, identified as 22-year-old Ryan P. Thomas and 25-year-old Jennifer G. Harris, were cleared by medics, Airway Heights Officers learned Harris had warrants for her arrest. 

Once under arrest, Officers located a stolen credit card in her possession. Furthermore, Thomas also possessed stolen credit cards. Officers also located a large bag containing stolen mail from multiple victims. 

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office Investigative Task Force Investigators, as well as U.S. Postal Inspector Investigators, were asked to assist in the investigation. Harris and Thomas were booked into the jail for the felony charges of Identity Theft, Forgery, Possession of Stolen Property and Theft. 

This investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected. Monday, December 23rd, Spokane Valley Deputies Jim Ebel and Randy Watts responded to a theft call near the 14600 block of East Broadway. A witness saw a male suspect, later identified as 21-year-old Seth E. Grener, take a package off the porch of a residence and flee in a vehicle driven by 34-year-old Ealyshia E. Foreman. 

Recognizing the suspects, the witness was able to tell Deputies Ebel and Watts where they lived. Deputies contacted Grener and Foreman at Foreman's residence. Grener was taken into custody for the theft and Foreman denied any involvement initially. Foreman eventually admitted to driving Grener from the residence and gave deputies permission to search her residence.  

Foreman showed deputies dozens of wrapped presents under the Christmas tree that had her family members names on them. Foreman told deputies she and Grener stole dozens of packages and mail from numerous victims because she was not working and needed presents for her family.  

Investigative Task Force Investigators and U.S. Postal Inspectors responded to the scene.  Foreman divided up the packages and showed investigators which packages she and Grener stole together and which packages Grener stole by himself while unwrapping the gifts. Several of the gifts still had the original invoice attached to the box for the victims.  

Grener and Foreman were booked into jail for theft from the original call on Broadway.  Numerous felony charges are expected as investigators determine the number of victims they have from both cases as they go through the bags of stolen mail and dozens of gift boxes recovered.

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