Arrest uncovers Spokane storage units full of stolen items



Posted on November 30, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 6 at 5:59 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--Police officers with the Spokane Police Department have recovered tens of thousands of dollars in stolen property but do not know who it all belongs to.

Officers arrested repeat offender Daniel Sukin on November 22, 2013 for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver Heroin. Police said Sukin had several storage units with stolen property inside.

“This was a very significant amount of stolen property recovered in various search warrants,” said Sergeant Lydia Taylor with the Spokane Police Office.

Items inside included bikes, power tools, painting supplies and many other items.

Some of the items were verified to be stolen and a new charge for Possession of Stolen Property was forwarded to the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office Sunday night.

“If they don't claim it, we don't know it's stolen,” said Taylor.

Officers are asking for citizens to view photos of the stolen property and call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233 to claim items.

Policy shared by both the Spokane Police Department and Sheriff’s Office says victims of property crime only have 60 days to claim their stolen items. If they do not notify authorities within that time then their items are auctioned off.
“After that it goes to auction. On average every six weeks, there's an auction done at State Line,” said Craig Chamberlin with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

The money from the auction goes to the very place where the items are stored.

“On average - the property facility makes about 2-3 thousand dollars,” said Chamberlin.

The cash goes to equipment or software upgrades needed for the property room.

Claiming your items can be tricky. The Police Department and Sheriff’s Office said pictures of valuables and records that the items are yours are critical to getting them back.

“Serial numbers is the big one, that's the best thing you can do to prove ownership and get your stuff back,” said Chamberlin.