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Spokane Valley Thief's Weekend Cut Short

Posted 6/4/2012 11:42 AM by MDGREGORY

On Sunday, May 27th, 2012, Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies responded to a stolen vehicle call near the 4300 block of East 2nd Avenue. The vehicle owner said at about noon, his 1988 Honda was stolen from his driveway and he had no idea who took his car.

On Friday, June 1st, 2012, Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputy Joe Bodman contacted a homeowner near the area of 4600 E. 2nd Avenue in Spokane Valley reference a burglary call. The homeowner told Deputy Bodman that at about 9:00 a.m. he arrived home and observed an adult male running from his fenced backyard, get into a Honda and drive away. The homeowner followed the suspect and was able to write down the license plate number, which was the stolen vehicle from May 27th. The homeowner chose not to follow the suspect and called 911 with the vehicle information. Two car batteries were taken from the yard.

On Saturday, June 2nd, 2012, Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputy Ryan Smith was patrolling the area of Broadway Avenue near Progress Elementary. Deputy Smith observed the stolen Honda parked in an undeveloped alleyway near the school. After observing the vehicle for a short time, an adult male identified as 38-year-old Courtney Baldwin, returned to the vehicle and sat in the driver's side seat.

Deputy Smith detained Baldwin and requested to have the vehicle owner and the homeowner respond to the scene. The vehicle owner confirmed it was his vehicle and had no idea who Baldwin was. The homeowner also confirmed Baldwin was the person who ran from his yard. Baldwin chose not to speak with deputies at the scene.

Baldwin was booked into the Spokane County Jail on the charges of 2nd Degree Burglary, Driving While License Suspended 3rd Degree and Reckless Driving. Additional charges of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle and an additional Charge of Driving While License Suspended 3rd Degree were forwarded to the Prosecutor's Office.

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