Local man's car stolen, spray-painted with graffiti

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- An 18-year-old man was arrested after troopers pulled him over in a stolen vehicle that had been spray-painted with graffiti.

Trooper Berezay observed a spray-painted Chevrolet Lumina swerving back and forth, crossing over traffic lanes along Sprague Avenue near Pines. Berezay initiated a traffic stop and pulled over the driver who identified himself as Taw Nay Htoo.

While Berezay was speaking with Htoo about the traffic violations he was stopping him for, Berezay received a stolen vehicle alert. Berezay had Htoo exit the vehicle and placed him in handcuffs.

After Htoo was placed in the back of a patrol car, Trooper Berezay verified the VIN number on the car and found it matched the VIN of a confirmed stolen white Lumina. The license plates were also a match for the stolen vehicle.

Troopers interviewed Htoo and read him his constitutional rights.

The owner of the vehicle was called to the scene and confirmed he had never met Htoo. He signed a consent to search form to grant access to search his vehicle.

Troopers searched the vehicle and found several articles of female clothing and toiletry items. Htoo said they belonged to his cousin, but would not identify his cousin’s name.

Several backpacks were located in the vehicle, as well. Htoo would not identify who the owners of the backpacks were. Several spray paint cans matching the graffiti on the car were also located.  

Htoo was taken into custody for possession of stolen vehicle.  

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