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Deputies Arrest Suspect Sleeping in Stolen Car
Spokane Valley Deputies responding to a suspicious vehicle call found, 28-year-old Joshua C. Crowley sleeping in the backseat of a reported stolen vehicle. Crowley was arrested and found to be in possession of brass knuckles, a knife, shaved keys, and burglary tools.
On January 8, 2018, at approximately 9:00 a.m., Spokane Valley Deputy Jeff Conway arrived in the 4200 block of N. Silas Rd. to investigate a suspicious vehicle reported by a citizen. The caller stated the vehicle arrived around 2:30 a.m. and parked across the street. A male is inside and the vehicle is running.
Deputy Conway checked the vehicle’s license plate and learned the vehicle had been reported stolen earlier in the morning. As he approached the vehicle, he observed a male who appeared to be sleeping in the backseat.
The male, later identified as Crowley, was detained with the assistance of Deputy Cassandra Erickson without incident.
Crowley had a set of brass knuckles, a folding knife, and shaved keys (commonly used to steal vehicles) on his person. A shaved key was found in the ignition of the vehicle and a pry bar was located on the passenger’s side floorboard.
After being advised of his rights, Crowley refused to answer questions. He was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for one felony Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, and three misdemeanors: Possession of a Dangerous Weapon, Making/Possessing Motor Vehicle Theft Tools and Making/Possessing Burglary Tools.
Crowley was released the next day on his own recognizance after first appearance.