SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash --- Thursday morning, the Spokane Valley Property Crimes Unit arrested two people in connection to the theft of wedding gifts from a reception earlier in the week.
On August 6, 2017, a victim reported a box of wedding cards/gifts was stolen from the couple’s wedding reception in the ballroom of the Mirabeau Park Hotel in Spokane Valley. No one witnessed the theft but the couple had a selfie station which required guests to have their photo taken before entering, said the police release.
The couple reviewed the photos and discovered two unknown guests had attended the reception. They took the picture of the guests and posted it with a description of the theft on social media asking for the community’s help finding them.
Detective Jeff Thurman received information the suspects were reportedly 35-year-old, Joshua Davies, and 25-year-old, Sierra Davies, who were possibly staying at the Montvale Hotel. Detective Thurman matched the driver’s license photos of the two with the photo from the reception. Detective Thurman, with the assistance of additional Property Crimes Detectives, went to the Montvale Hotel to attempt to verify the suspects were there. They checked with the hotel staff and went to the room registered to Sierra. While outside they could hear male and female voices inside, according to the SVPD.
When they were preparing to obtain a search warrant for the room, the couple exited the room and was quickly detained.
Sierra explained she and her husband were dropped off at the jack in the Box on Sullivan. They had nothing to do so they walked over to the hotel and came upon the reception. She said they had watched the movie ‘Wedding Crashers” and thought it would be fun to try. She said they were very hungry and did not have any money. They then signed in, had their photo taken and ate at the taco bar. During the interview, she admitted they took the gift box and a spice jar.
After officials got a search warrant, they searched the suspects’ hotel room and property. They recovered what they believed to be some of the victim’s stolen gifts, approximately eight credit cards and a few hundred in cash, plus methamphetamine, heroin, scales and packaging used in drug sales. The property was seized and a complete inventory will be completed, said investigators.
Both Davies were transported and booked into the Spokane County jail for first degree theft, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver (methamphetamine) and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver (heroin).