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Marine Enforcement Unit warns of lurking thieves at area lakes & Spokane River

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SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Marine Enforcement Unit wants you to be aware predatory thieves are out taking advantage of the warmer weather to look for their next opportunity to continue their criminal ways. 

Marine Enforcement Unit Deputies have heard from residents and recreational users of Liberty Lake, Newman Lake and the Spokane River in the area between Boulder Beach and the Argonne Bridge. Deputies are hearing of boat prowlings, thefts and vandalism in these areas over the past few weeks.

Law enforcement believes that the thieves may be accessing docks, boats and private property by water under the cover of darkness.

The Marine Enforcement Unit is asking you to please be vigilant in these areas and report thefts, suspicious activity, vehicles, and if possible without risking your safety, get the license plates of the vehicles involved. Don’t leave valuables in boats or other unsecured areas. If possible, light areas around boats, docks and sheds to lessen a thief’s ability to use darkness to skulk around and commit crimes.

Most stereo equipment/recreational items and tools/equipment are mass produced. The Sheriff's Office suggests recording serial numbers or marking valuables with an engraver. This will allow for your valuables to be identified if a suspicious person is contacted or a suspect is caught with your items. If the crime hasn’t been reported, including a record of specific identifiers for the stolen property, it is extremely difficult to match it back to victims or even prove it is stolen.

If anyone has information regarding these thefts or notices suspicious/criminal activity, you are asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

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