Wanted Theft Suspect Attempts to Outrun Deputies in Patrol Cars
A Spokane Valley Deputy contacted a suspect inside Walmart, wearing a pair of shoes he hadn’t purchased. When the Deputy made contact to retrieve the shoes for the store and trespass the suspect, he bolted from the store and ran west on Sprague. With the assistance of a second Deputy, the suspect was taken into custody for Theft, Resisting Arrest, and an active felony Washington State Department of Corrections warrant.
On August 8, 2022, at approximately 9:10 am, Walmart loss prevention, 5025 E. Sprague, notified a Spokane Valley Deputy that a male, later identified as 27-year-old Jacob C. Lockard, was wearing a pair of sneakers that he hadn’t purchased.
Lockard was observed walking back and forth between aisles wearing the new shoes, which still had the tag on them. The store employee showed the Deputy a pair of worn shoes placed on the rack where Lockard was standing.
The Deputy contacted Lockard and explained the store needed the shoes returned, and Lockard would be trespassed from the store. Suddenly, Lockard ran from the store, past all points of sale, still wearing the shoes.
The Deputy got in his fully marked patrol car and caught up to Lockard, who was now walking west on Sprague. The Deputy continued to follow Lockard in his patrol car, with emergency lights activated, telling Lockard to stop and that he was under arrest, but Lockard chose to continue his willful attempt to flee.
Near Freya and Olive, with a second Deputy assisting, they pulled in front of Lockard to block any further escape attempts. Lockard tried to run but quickly realized it was futile and gave up. He was taken into custody without further incident.
A check of Lockard’s name showed an active felony Washington State Department of Corrections Escape Community Custody warrant (original charge Identity Theft).
Lockard was trespassed from all Walmarts for years before being transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Theft 3rd Degree, resisting Arrest, and the felony warrant. The shoes that he left inside the store were returned to him.