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Fitness Center Thief Faces Multiple Felonies

Posted 6/14/2012 1:29 PM by KWESTBERG

On Tuesday, June 12, 2012, Spokane Valley Property Crimes Detective Mark Stewart arrested 28-year-old James Tilley on 16 felony charges. After a lengthy investigation, Detective Stewart arrested Tilley on seven counts of 2nd Degree Burglary, six counts of 2nd Degree Theft, three counts of Identity Theft and several other misdemeanor charges.

Tilley's operation consisted of breaking into lockers at fitness centers and either stealing items from inside the lockers or taking car keys from the victim's belongings. Using the car alarm, Tilley would search for the victims vehicle and steal personal items inside their vehicles to include a gun that has been recovered, jewelry and other items of value located inside the vehicles. Electronic devices were taken from gym lockers at both Spokane Community College and Whitworth University. Several other agencies are investigating similar incidents in their respective jurisdictions. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.

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