Arrests, Property Recovered and Victims Identified


Arrests, Property Recovered and Victims Identified


On July 22nd, 2015, members of the Spokane Valley Investigative Unit, Spokane County Sheriff’s Investigative Task Force, SWAT Team and Patrol Deputies served a search warrant at a residence located in the 4200 block of East Central in Spokane.  They arrested four people, identified 32 victims and recovered several items of stolen property along with evidence of identity theft/fraud.

This investigation began when detectives, with the assistance of analysts from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Regional Intelligence Group 9 (RIG 9), noticed a trend of vehicle prowlings at area trailheads.  Working with patrol deputies, a suspect, 33-year-old Tyler K. Busby, was identified.

With the assistance of Air 1, Detectives began surveilling Busby and developed information and evidence of his criminal activities.  Yesterday afternoon, Spokane County Sheriff’s SWAT Team members served a search warrant at Busby’s residence.  While detectives processed and collected evidence at the scene, additional people continued to arrive at the residence.  During those contacts, 21-year-old Jacob A. Woodward and 24-year-old Melissa Sinclair were identified and arrested.  Woodward was arrested for a felony warrant, Possession Stolen Motor Vehicle and Sinclair for previous charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Reckless Driving and Theft 3rd.

Yesterday’s search warrant yielded the following:

·         32 victims identified

·         28 pieces of identification recovered

·         36 credit cards recovered

·         Numerous checks recovered

·         Stolen enclosed cargo trailer recovered and returned to the owner

·         4 suspects arrested with additional charges/arrests possible

Busby was booked for Vehicle Prowling 2nd Degree, Theft 2nd Degree and Malicious Mischief 2nd Degree with several addition charges possible as the investigation continues.

A juvenile 17-year-old female believed to be involved with Busby’s criminal activity was booked into Juvenile Detention for Vehicle Prowling 2nd Degree, Theft 2nd Degree and Malicious Mischief 2nd Degree.

This is an example of detectives and analysts using the information you, the citizen, report to identify criminal activity trends, recover stolen property as well as evidence of additional criminal activity as they work to arrest suspects who prey upon others in our community.

Deputy Mark Gregory
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office
Public Information Officer

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