South Hill business relieved by burglary ring bust


by & Whitney Ward

Posted on February 12, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 12:36 PM

SPOKANE -- Business owners and employees on Spokane’s South Hill are breathing a sigh of relief after the arrest of three suspects in a string of burglaries.

Janelle Skaw runs the Coco Boutique off 29th.  She already has surveillance cameras and other security measures in place, but a rash of recent burglaries has had her on edge.

Nearby, Eastern Washington Coin Company lost nearly $2,000 worth of coins and jewelry when the shop was burglarized last month.

“As a small business owner, that comes out of your pocket. That might be your profit for the month,” said Skaw.

Game Stop, Radio Shack, and Hastings were also hit multiple times. Tens of thousands of dollars worth of iPads, computers and other electronics were stolen from these stores.

Workers at shops in the Lincoln Heights Shopping Center wondered which business would be victimized next.

Spokane Police caught one suspect as he allegedly tried to break into Radio Shack a second time.

Court documents show Curtis McKelvey confessed to multiple burglaries with the help of his girlfriend Chelsea Linerud, and an accomplice named Tom Clement.

A search warrant turned up dozens of stolen items at their home

Police are investigating if anyone else is involved, a concern for some of the business. 

Several stolen items were recovered, but it unclear when the South Hill businesses will get them back.