Caught in the Act: Detectives Connect and Arrest Theft Suspect Involved in Vehicle Prowlings/Thefts – Identify 200 Potential Additional Victims

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Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Unit (SCIU) Detectives, working with RIG-9 Crime Analysts, developed information and identified several possible suspects involved in multiple vehicle prowlings/thefts.  With this information and surveillance, SCIU Detectives located one of the suspects actively prowling a vehicle at a local trailhead.  Detectives continued to surveil the suspect, and once additional Detectives/Deputies arrived to assist, the suspect was taken into custody after a short foot chase.  He was booked into jail a several felony and misdemeanor charges.  However, two days later, he posted bond and was released. 

Over the last few weeks, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Unit (SCIU) Detectives identified several people suspected of committing multiple vehicle prowlings/thefts in our community.  One of those suspects was identified as 26-year-old Ty A. Holland.

Through surveillance work and other information gleaned working with the aid of RIG-9 Crime Analysts, Holland, a multi-time convicted felon with a history of vehicle prowling/theft, was located on the morning of May 17, 2023, inside a victim’s car, actively stealing items while it was parked in a local trailhead parking.   

A plan to capture Holland, who has been armed, resistive, and assaultive in the past, was devised as they kept Holland in sight.  With additional Detectives, Deputies, and a K9 Unit to assist, Holland was contacted near Walmart in Airway Heights, and after a short foot chase, he was taken into custody.

At approximately 12:30 pm, Holland was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for felonies charges of Theft 2nd Degree, Vehicle Prowling 2nd Degree (2 counts), Trafficking Stolen Property 1st Degree, Identity Theft 2nd Degree (2 counts), Theft 2nd Degree (3 counts) and a misdemeanor charge of Malicious Mischief 3rd Degree.    

Holland’s total case bond was set at $12,500 by Spokane County Superior Court Commissioner J. Stine.  Holland posted bond on the night of May 19, 2023.

SCIU Detectives seized the vehicle Holland was driving, and they learned of a storage unit used by Holland.  Later, both were searched once a valid search warrant was obtained.

Based on the recovered evidence, SCIU Detectives have identified and documented over 200 potential victims.  This remains an active investigation, and additional arrested and charges are expected. 

Corporal Mark Gregory

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office

Spokane Valley Police Department
Public Information Officer

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