14-time felon arrested in Spokane Valley apartment search




Posted on September 19, 2013 at 7:54 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 19 at 5:20 PM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- Police arrested two people after officers served a search warrant at an apartment complex Thursday morning after an investigation into counterfeit checks.

The warrant was served at the Broadway Square Apartments on the 11000 block of East Broadway Avenue between North Bowdish road and North Pines Road.

Nathan Rooney said he is still counting the damage after his identity was stolen and bad checkswere written in his name all over town.

"It seemed like everytime I'd go talk to the police, I'd get another one of these checks," Rooney said. "Or anytime I'd go work it out with the business, another one would get a hold of me. It was overwhelming."

Authorities said one man and one woman were taken into custody.  Investigators also said they found a variety of stolen items at the apartment, including ID’s, credit cards, mail, and electronics.  More arrests were expected later in the day.

Robert J. Childress, 37, was one of the two people arrested. The Spokane County Sheriff's Office said that Childress used counterfeit checks at several businesses throughout Spokane County. They said that this resulted in thousands of dollars in lost revenues.

Childress is a 14-time convicted felon. He was booked on Thursday for several counts of Identity Theft and Forgery along with individual counts of Second Degree Theft and Unlawful Production of a Payment Instrument. He was also arrested in 2009 on similar charges.

Neighbors said the unit searched had been a problem in the past.  Thursday, investigators were also interviewing people who lived at the apartment complex.

Rooney said he's glad that Childress was caught. He said he just hopes that it helps clear his name for good.

"Right now," Rooney said, "I'm just stuck where I'm at."