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Spokane family victimized twice by criminals

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Imagine the shock of someone breaking into your garage -- that feeling of invasion -- but that’s not where the crime began. One north Spokane family learned they were actually victimized twice by the same criminals within hours.

Nathan Hinish has unplugged his garage door opener and put a lock on the door to make sure his garage was more secure. The crooks stole his power tools and a bicycle when they broke in. But this wasn’t the first stop the criminals made.

They first stole Hinish’s car while he and his wife were on a run on the Centennial Trail. From there, the thieves found his home address on a bill in his car or his car registration, drove to his house, and used the garage opener to get in. Hinish did call for some family members to go to his house, but the thieves were one step ahead of them.

“When I found out all the stuff was missing in the garage, it was like a violation. It's kind of scary. They had access to that, would've had access to the house,” Hinish says.

Thankfully no one was hurt, but they still haven't gotten anything back.

“There's a whole bunch of emotions going on,” he says.

Even though he doesn't know exactly how to move forward, he still has faith in people. He says everyone he’s talked to is trying to help him.

“I don't think it's a good way to go through life worrying something's going happen,” he says. “There's people helping too.”

Nathan's car is an ice blue 2007 Kia Spectra with scratches on the driver's side rear wheel panel. You can carry your car registration in your wallet, but if your car or wallet is stolen, ask a neighbor or a friend to keep an eye on your house for suspicious activity. Again, if you ever see anything suspicious, call Crime Check 509-456-2233.

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