Police arrest alleged Jeep Cherokee thieves

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 5, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 8:20 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—Police arrested two people in connection with a recent string of Jeep Cherokee thefts.  Officers caught Seth Piapot, 27, and Travis Veaz, 26, Wednesday night.

The Jeep they were in was stolen Tuesday. It is the fourth Jeep police have recovered since the rash of thefts.

Officials believe three of the Jeeps were used for joy rides around town. One was found abandoned off road with the steering column damaged and a flat tire. None of the stolen vehicles were stripped.

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Authorities warned Jeep drivers about the recent car thefts on Wednesday. Officers said at least five Jeep Cherokees were stolen on the South Hill in two days. Thieves smashed out windows to steal the vehicles according to police.

Department officials said the trend is way out of the norm. Late model Honda Accords and Civics are typically the stolen vehicles.

Spokane Police say they do not have enough to link the two suspects to all the Jeep thefts but said the investigation is ongoing.

 

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