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Vehicle prowls on the rise over Christmas weekend


Last updated 12/30/2020 at 10:16am

CHENEY — A rash of vehicle prowls at local apartment complexes has police urging residents to lock up their vehicles.

Vehicle prowls were reported Dec. 25, 26 and 27, according to police records.

“There were five with items stolen out of the car,” Sgt. Nate Conley said Monday, Dec. 28. “Looks like they hit apartment complexes.”

The vehicle prowls occurred at The Grove on Cheney-Spangle Road and Eagle Point on Betz Road, records show.

Vehicles at The Grove were hit Dec. 25 and 26, records show. Shoes, a Bluetooth adapter, debic card and a GPS unit were reported stolen, records show.

Eagle Point vehicles were targeted Dec. 26 and 27, with a subwoofer, GPS unit, vehicle registration, stereo and steering wheel reported missing.

In addition, another possible theft of Christmas presents was reported there.

“Four of the five owners were pretty sure they locked the car,” Conley said, noting the thieves have a tool to gain entry without smashing a window.

Police believe the car burglaries over the Christmas weekend are related.

Conley said the vehicle prowls came a week after a previous rash in the area.

“We had some last week,” he said of the week prior to Christmas. “It only takes one or two individuals and they add up pretty quickly.”

Conley said most vehicle prowlers enter vehicles through unlocked doors.

To minimize risk, he advised making sure vehicle doors are locked and that valuables are not left inside a parked vehicle.

Anyone with information on the vehicle prowls is asked to call 509-535-9233 or email


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