Police see pay-off from crackdown on repeat offenders

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 7:15 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.— The Spokane County Superior Court imposed a $200,000 bond on a repeat offender with 22 felony convictions on Wednesday, after the Spokane Police Department launched an initiative to keep such offenders off the streets in 2014. 

Police arrested repeat offender, 41-year-old Ryan P. Graham, for 2nd Degree Identity Theft Tuesday, in relation to a vehicle prowling that happened near Audubon Park several days earlier. Police said Graham broke into an unattended vehicle, stole a wallet and used a debit card inside to make purchases. The Patrol Anti-Crime Team identified him in surveillance footage from a convenience store where the card was used.  

“He’s easily recognizable to officers because they’ve arrested him before in the past for the same violations,” said Captain Dan Torok.

Graham had 22 felony convictions for various crimes, ranging from Possession of a Controlled Substance to Assault, in addition to 31 misdemeanors. He was a perfect example of the kind of criminal Spokane Police were working hard to fight against.

“He’s a vehicle prowler and a thief,” said Torok. “He’s committing crimes everywhere.”

Spokane Police officials said property crime dropped 7.4% in 2014 after the department enacted a strategy that combined efforts from PACT and the Chronic Offender Unit, as well as diligent investigative follow-up.  The department also worked with the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office to obtain higher bonds for individuals considered prolific offenders, like Graham.

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Authorities said Graham’s $200,000 bond was much higher than normal.  They hoped drastic changes like that would lead to drastic changes in Spokane neighborhoods.

“If people like him are kept in jail… that helps us reduce property crimes,” said Torok.


 

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