Four people arrested in Spokane Valley theft ring

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. – The Spokane Valley Sheriff's Office's Investigative Unit, in conjunction with SWAT Team and patrol deputies, served a search warrant at a residence that yielded several items of stolen property, they said Thursday.

According to deputies, on Wednesday they arrested four people, identified 32 victims, and recovered several items of stolen property along with evidence of identity theft and fraud.

The investigation began when detectives noticed a trend of vehicle prowling at area trailheads. Detectives said working with patrol deputies, they identified Tyler K. Busby, 33, as a suspect.

Officials said with the help of Air 1, detectives began surveillance of Busby and developed information and evidence of his criminal activities. On Wednesday, Spokane County Sheriff's SWAT Team served a search warrant at Busby's residence.

Detectives said while collecting evidence at the scene, additional people continued to arrive at the residence.

Authorities said during those contacts, Jacob A. Woodward, 21, and Melissa Sinclair, 24, were identified and arrested.

Woodward was arrested for a felony warrant, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle. Sinclair was arrested for previous charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Reckless Driving, and Theft in the Third Degree.

Among the things deputies said they found:

  • 28 pieces of identification
  • 36 credit cards
  • Numerous checks
  • Stolen enclosed cargo trailer (was returned to the owner)

Deputies said Busby was booked for Second Degree Vehicle Prowling, Theft in the Second Degree and Second Degree Malicious Mischief. Deputies said Busby could face additional charges as the investigation continues.

Authorities also arrested a 17-year-old female believed to be involved with Busby's criminal activity. Deputies said she was booked into Juvenile Detention for Second Degree Vehicle Prowling, Theft in the Second Degree, and Second Degree Malicious Mischief.

Detectives worked with The Spokane County Sheriff's Regional Intelligence Group 9 (RIG 9) on this case.


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