Vandals repeatedly target undercover Spokane detective

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 26 at 9:01 AM

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -- Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies have received reports of car prowling and vandalism at one address more than one dozen times in the past few years.

Authorities know the repeat victim well. The calls came from an undercover detective and his department issued car is the target.

Authorities said the detective (who KREM 2 News chose not to name because of his undercover status) is possibly the most empathetic detective in the Spokane area.  He does not work for the Spokane Police Deparment.

The detective said he relates to property crime victims he deals with on a daily basis. He has worked undercover in the Inland Northwest for 30 years, but said no cases has been more frustrating than his own.

“I can relate to what victims go through and feelings of harassment,” he said.
 
The detective has been victimized more than one dozen times according to police reports. He said vandals are stealing whatever they can. The suspects have even resorted to trashing his cars and event popping his tires according to authorities.

“For the last 10 to 12 years, my cars have been broken into numerous times,” he said. “My yard has been run through, tore up grass, tires slashed, work vehicles broken into as well.”

The most recent break-in-in came Monday. The detective said it happened when his undercover work car was parked just a few feet from his front door.

“My gym bag was taken, my leg holster and duty belt with .45 ammo and magazines and a set of handcuffs I've had for 27 years,” he added.

The detective said he has always looking over his shoulder.

“If someone wants to make you a victim, they will,” he said. “It’s difficult unless you're very vigilant about taking care of those items you otherwise would think would be safe.”

Authorities arrested suspects for the last two break-ins. However, the majority of the cases remain unsolved.

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