County-wide car prowling email creates misunderstanding

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 3, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 3:22 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--An email was sent to the entire Spokane County staff Tuesday warning them about car prowlers near the County and Spokane Police Department campus. On Wednesday, leaders with the Spokane Police Department called the email a “big misunderstanding.”

The email came from an employee with Spokane County Human Resources and read:

“I was speaking with Office Taylor from the SPD this morning about the rise in vehicles crimes in our area, particularly the one we are working in. She asked if I would get this flyer out to our employees. Although our parking lots are close proximity to the Courthouse and most other worksites on the campus, we are very susceptible to our vehicles being targets from crime. Plus, not everyone has a space in the lots.”

Police later stated that the recent spike in car prowls is not specific to the police department area as the email makes it seem.

“Unfortunately this is the area they patrol least because they're in and out of here all time,” said a local bail bondsman who goes by Steve.

He uses the parking lots around the Spokane County Public Safety Building every day. Steve said he sees all kinds of problem, but he is not surprised that the issues are happening on the turf of the Spokane Police Department and Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

“You gotta remember the kind of folks who are coming and leaving the courthouse for a variety of crimes from misdemeanors to felonies,” said Steve. “Sometimes I think some of the folks coming and going get mad at the court system. it's their way of getting even.”

Police said the spike in car plowings is happening beyond their own turf. Offices confirmed that the spike is spread as far as Downtown and near the Spokane Veteran’s Memorial Arena.

Officers are working to post flyers of driver’s windshields warning them about the prowling.

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