3-Time Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm, Arrested During Theft, Bond Set at $5,000
Responding to a theft call, a Spokane Valley Deputy contacted and arrested the suspect, a three-time convicted felon, for stealing over $230 worth of merchandise from a store. As a convicted felon, the suspect was found to illegally be in possession of a firearm, the fourth time he's been charged with this crime. He was arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 2nd Degree and misdemeanor Theft 3rd Degree.
A female suspect, accompanied by the male, was arrested for Theft 3rd Degree. She was issued a criminal citation and released at the scene.
On October 05, 2022, at approximately 12:00 pm, Spokane Valley Deputy Nathan Overbay responded to a possible theft in progress call at Walmart, 5025 E. Sprague Avenue. A store asset protection associate (APA) advised a male and female were observed possibly concealing items in an attempt to commit theft.
Deputy Overbay went to the security office and observed the male, later identified as 27-year-old Brandon O. Pulver, concealing items in his pockets. The APA said he watched the female, later identified as 25-year-old Tyshina R. Hitchcock Whitworth, hide merchandise in her pants. The pair were observed on camera walking throughout the store as Pulver would take items, rip open the package, and place the items in his pockets.
Deputy Overbay waited outside the store, beyond all points of sale, for the suspects to leave. As Pulver began to exit, he noticed Deputy Overbay and quickly turned toward the other exit. Deputy Overbay caught up to Pulver, told him he was under attest, grabbed his arm, and placed Pulver in handcuffs. Hitchcock Whitworth was advised to follow them back inside the store to the security office, and she complied.
Once in the office, Pulver stated, “I have a pistol in my shorts pocket.” Deputy Overbay located a loaded 9mm SCCY pistol. Earrings, a necklace, makeup, and other random items without packaging were removed from Pulver’s pockets. (over $230.00 worth)
Pulver was advised of his rights and agreed to answer questions. A check of Pulver’s name revealed he was a three-time convicted felon (Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 2nd Degree, Criminal Mischief with a Deadly Weapon, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm)
Hitchcock Whitworth was advised she was under arrest and a search revealed hair product (approximately $6.00) hidden in her waistband. Hitchcock Whitworth was issued a criminal misdemeanor ticket for Theft 3rd Degree and released at the scene.
Pulver, a convicted felon and not legally allowed to possess a firearm, was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for felony Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 2nd Degree and Theft 3rd Degree, a misdemeanor.
Pulver remains at the jail with his total bond set at $5,000 by Spokane County Superior Court Commissioner John Stine.