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Observant Deputy Locates Stolen Vehicle

Posted 2/13/2013 1:52 PM by KWESTBERG

On February 13, 2013, at approximately 2:30 a.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputy Seth Burrow was patrolling the area of 17200 E. Coach. This is Deputy Burrow's normal area of patrol and he is familiar with vehicles and residents in this secluded area.

Deputy Burrow saw a Honda CRV parked in the driveway of a residence he had never seen before. Deputy Burrow ran the registration and the CRV returned stolen from a Spokane City resident sometime between February 3rd and 4th.

Deputy Burrow requested assistance from other deputies and watched the residence. He noticed a male, later identified as 31-year-old Jerry Olinger-Beem, looking out the front window of the residence. The male walked outside, talking on a cell phone and was looking up and down Coach Road. Olinger-Beem walked back inside and came back out with an adult female about a minute later.

Olinger-Beem and the female entered the vehicle, started it and sat in the driveway with the lights off for several minutes. Olinger-Beem was in the driver's seat.

Olinger-Beem and the female left the residence and were stopped by Deputy Juan Rodriguez. After Olinger-Beem and the female were detained, Olinger-Beem told Deputy Burrow he had borrowed the vehicle from a friend. The female said she had no idea the vehicle was stolen and they were on their way to visit their friend "Scooby" at a motel. The owner of the vehicle was contacted and had no idea who Olinger-Beem or the female were. The female was released at the scene since deputies could not prove she knew the vehicle was stolen.

• Olinger-Beem was booked into the Spokane County Jail on the felony charge of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle and an unrelated local misdemeanor warrant.