Footprints in snow help deputies arrest suspects siphoning gas

Footprints in snow help deputies arrest suspects siphoning gas

Footprints in snow help deputies arrest suspects siphoning gas

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 4:39 PM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- Authorities used footprints in the snow to help catch two burglary suspects on Sunday.

Deputies were called to E. Sprague Avenue near S. Carnahan Road for a report of suspicious people in the area. The caller said he saw two men walking through a parking lot carrying gas cans. He said it looked like the men were siphoning gas from cars.

Deputies followed tracks through the north portion of the parking lot of Cash and Carry at 3rd and McKinnon. The prints led them to Auto Credit at 111 S. McKinnon where deputies found two men, Wendell Walls, 48, and Ray Franetich, 52, going in and out of vehicles in the parking lot.

Additional deputies were called to the scene.

When authorities announced themselves, Walls and Franetich tried to run from the scene.  Walls was caught by deputies immediately and Franetich was found hiding inside a car.

Walls and Franetich told deputies they were living in the car and were only looking to siphon gas. They said their plan was not working out because their siphon hose was frozen.

Both men were booked into jail for 2nd Degree Burglary.

 

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