SPOKANE, Wash.--Spokane police along with detectives and crime analysis arrested a 19-year-old for a series of crimes committed throughout Spokane, according to police.
Corey Huska is believed to be responsible for stealing an idling vehicle on February 13, crashing the car after the owner pursued him, fleeing on foot and stealing another car to escape, according to police.
On February 11, the owner of a car said he had left his car running and it was stolen near N. Sutherlin and W. Lyons. Later that night, Spokane police noticed the stolen car and attempted to pull it over. The car accelerated, heading east on Garland, according to police. The car turned off of Garland away from officers. Police said because of concerns surrounding the safety of high-speed pursuit in a highly populated area, officers did not pursue the car. Through follow-up investigation, Huska was identified as a possible suspect in this incident.
On February 12, police saw the stolen car in the area of N. Foothills and Mayfair. Officers followed the car for several blocks until it took off down several side streets, away from police. Officers said they found the car abandoned near Morton and Augusta. A K-9 track was attempted but the suspect was not found. An i-Pad, ski coat and checkbook were all missing from the vehicle. Huska was once again identified as a possible suspect.
On February 17, the owner of a car said he parked his car in the parking lot of Fred Meyer on Spokane’s lower South Hill. He said his car was gone when he returned to it. Later that day, police responded to a report of a Robbery at the Trading Company Store off of S. Cheney Rd. Employees said a suspect entered the store, stole alcohol and fled in a car. The car was described as the same vehicle stolen from the Fred Meyer parking lot earlier in the day.
Through follow up investigation by multiple SPD officers, SPD detectives and SPD Crime Analysis, Spokane Police identified Huska as a suspect in each of the above incidents. Probable cause was developed to arrest Huska for the Robbery incident.
Huska was taken into custody by the Spokane Police Patrol Anti-Crime Team while walking near Monroe and Indiana late Friday night.
Huska is charged with one count of Robbery, four counts of Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, one count Taking a Motor Vehicle and one count of Attempting to Elude. Detectives believe he may be responsible for additional crimes and will continue to investigate in coordination with the WSP Auto Theft Task Force.