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29-Time Convicted Felon Arrested Again In Connection To 21 Stolen Bikes, 2 Stolen Cars

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Photo of the stolen goods from the Spokane Police Dept. Photo of the stolen goods from the Spokane Police Dept.
Photo of the stolen goods from the Spokane Police Dept. Photo of the stolen goods from the Spokane Police Dept.
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SPOKANE, Wash – 41 years old and convicted of 29 felonies, Chris Cannata is back in jail once again.

Spokane Police arrested him Friday in connection with the burglary of the North Division Bike Shop on the morning of Christmas Eve, in which 21 bicycles worth almost $20,000 were stolen out of locked trailers on the property.  They say he was also in possession of two stolen vehicles.

So why was Cannata out on the streets in the first place?

“That would be a question for the judicial branch,” Spokane Police Captain Dan Torok told KHQ’s Kelsey Watts.  “We’ve arrested him multiple times for a variety of felonies, booked him in, submitted paperwork, prosecutors are submitting charges.  Bonds though, are set by a judge.”

Records show Cannata’s criminal history in Washington dates back to 1986.  Washington State’s “Three Strikes” law only applies to violent crime; there’s no equivalent for property crime.  As long as you can post bond, you’re out.

We learned in court Monday when Cannata is believed to have burglarized the bike shop, he was out on bond for two pending crimes: $10,000 for attempting to elude and $20,000 for vehicle theft/prowling.

“Whenever Mr. Cannata is out on the street, he's committing crimes,” Captain Torok added.  “You and I get up every day, have breakfast, get dressed and go to work.  Mr. Cannata does the same thing but unfortunately for us, we are his work, we are his victims."

Employees at the North Division Bike Shop didn’t recognize Cannata’s name, but when we showed them his picture, they said they believe he has been inside the store before.

“He kind of looks familiar, I couldn't say for sure, but if I saw him in person I'd be able to tell," employee Roger Randall told KHQ.

Randall was one of the people working on the morning of the Christmas Eve burglary.

“I got to work about 9 that morning when we opened up, found out what happened and was in shock," he added.

A neighboring business caught a truck on surveillance camera loading up the goods – even driving back twice to collect more.  It was that stolen truck police were on the lookout for, and found it Friday.  Cannata was found and arrested nearby.

Employees didn’t know an arrest had been made in the case until KHQ told them Monday morning; but that’s not the only good news.  Police also recovered 16 of the stolen bicycles still in their brand new boxes.

“We haven't got them back yet, so we'll see what they look like, but 16 out of the 22, that's pretty dang good," he said.

Cannata’s bond was set Monday at $300,000 dollars.  He’s expected back in court for an arraignment on January 7th.

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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE POLICE DEPT: On December 27th Spokane Police Patrol Anti-Crime Team (PACT) officers, led by Sgt. Kurt Vigessa, observed a vehicle identified as being involved in a burglary of 21 bicycles at the North Division Bike Shop on 12/24 in Spokane County. 

Officers stopped the vehicle and confirmed it was stolen. The two individuals in possession of the stolen vehicle were interviewed and officers developed information that the person who gave them the vehicle and who was possibly responsible for the burglary of the bike shop was Repeat Offender (ROP) Chris Cannata. 

Cannata has an extensive criminal history including 29 felony convictions on charges such as Burglary, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Escape, etc.  While investigating the stolen vehicle and developing information on the bike shop burglary, officers spotted another stolen vehicle (a Chevy Avalanche) that had been stolen earlier that day.

The driver of the Avalanche saw officers and fled. Officers located the Avalanche, abandoned near 900 W. Everett.  Christopher Cannata was also located and detained nearby. The Avalanche had stolen property inside, determined to be from a burglary in the 2600 block of W. Garland, which occurred on 12/27.

Through extensive follow-up, officers located 16 stolen bicycles from the North Division Bike Shop, still in their boxes at a residence in the 6100 block of N. Wall. Officers arrested Chris Cannata on two counts of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle with additional charges likely forthcoming. Cannata was booked into the Spokane County Jail and is being held on a $100,000 bond. He will have his first court appearance today at 1:30 pm.  

Spokane Police have Probable Cause to arrest 3 other people for Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle and Probable Cause to arrest one other subject for Possession of Stolen Property related to the North Division Bike Shop Burglary. 

Spokane Police will work with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office to continue the investigation into the bike shop burglary and pursue additional charges for the suspects in this case.   Additionally, SPD will investigate the possible involvement of the suspects in other burglary cases.

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