SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Spokane Co. Sheriff’s Office is crediting citizens for their assistance in stopping crime in the Rockford area.
Deputies responded to a theft call around 11:30 p.m. Saturday near 1st and Spring Road.
One of the victims told police the windows of his GMC truck were smashed while he was in the Harvest Moon Bar. A purse was also taken from the vehicle.
Some of the patrons in the bar noticed three suspicious males walking by the bar earlier in the night. They found them soon after noticing the vandalism sitting in front of a nearby church. The victim and others told police 19-year-old Rodney V. D. Shrum, 19-year-old Anthony W. Newkirk and a 15-year-old juvenile were carrying some of the property missing from the truck. They then called the sheriff’s office.
Deputies learned the suspects were in a van, which they abandoned on Highway 27 when it ran out of gas. They walked to the bar and then allegedly broke into the truck.
The van ended up being reported stolen three hours earlier.
All three suspects were charged with felony theft of a motor vehicle, misdemeanor charges of vehicle prowling, theft and possession of stolen property. More charges may be filed.
Shrum and Newkirk were transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail. The juvenile was transported and booked into the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center.