SPD finds large amount of stolen property believed to be traded for drugs

KREM 2's Alexa Block reports on an investigation that led police to thousands of dollars worth of stolen goods.

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Spokane Police Patrol Anti-Crime Team recovered thousands of dollars’ worth of property that was traded for drugs.

Officials said the PACT started the investigation in March. They served a search warrant on the home and car of Jeffrey Rise, 61, on East Rich on Monday. During the search, police said they found heroin, meth and prescription pills with more than $800 in cash. They also found thousands of dollars’ worth of what is believed to be stolen property.

Authorities said the search at the house lead them to a storage unit where even more property was found, including a Remington 870-12 shotgun that was stolen in a burglary in 2016. Police said most of the property was still in the boxes and is believed to have been stolen from local stores. But, they said, some of the items appeared to belong to people.

The PACT officers believe Rise either pawned the property he received or sold it on internet sites. He was arrested on three counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, second degree unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm and second degree trafficking in stolen property.
Rise was booked into jail Monday but has since been released on his own recognizance.

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