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Valley Residents Victimized by Vehicle Prowler

Posted 11/14/2012 2:55 PM by KWESTBERG

On Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at about 2:00 a.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputy N. Bohanek responded to the area of 22nd Avenue and Skipworth Road to a possible vehicle prowling call. A resident in the neighborhood heard glass breaking, looked outside and saw a Jeep Grand Cherokee parked on Skipworth between 22nd and 23rd. The resident initially saw two subjects in front of his home he felt were responsible for the glass breakage.

While responding to the scene, Deputy Bohanek saw a male subject dressed in black walking northbound on Skipworth Road. When the subject, later identified as 21-year-old James Freeman, saw Deputy Bohanek, he turned and walked in the opposite direction.

Deputy Bohanek located the Jeep Cherokee near 22nd and Skipworth. Deputy Bohanek saw an open tool box on the grass next to the passenger side door of the Jeep and also saw extensive damage to the steering column of the vehicle.

Sheriff's Deputy P. Pfeifer arrived on scene, located Freeman in the area and detained him pursuant to Deputy Bohanek's investigation. Spokane County Sheriff's Dispatch had contacted the owner of the Jeep who stated she had been asleep and her vehicle must have been stolen from her residence.

Sheriff's Deputy B. Zlateff also responded to the scene and located two additional vehicles that had been broken into.

Deputy Bohanek spoke with all three victims and determined personal items from all three victims were located inside the Jeep. Freeman eventually told Deputy Bohanek that he had been "rolling around" in the vehicle with his brother and knew the vehicle was stolen. Deputy Bohanek was not able to find any record of the name Freeman provided for his brother.

• Freeman was booked into the Spokane County Jail for the charges of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Vehicle Prowling and Theft.