Stolen Vehicle, Heroin & Warrants
On June 6th, 2015 Spokane Valley Sheriffâ€™s Deputy Andrew Richmond stopped a reported stolen vehicle and arrested 29-year-old Andrew J. Koffel and 25-year-old Thandan M. Hammel in the area of Havana and Sprague in Spokane Valley.
At approximately 3:30 a.m., Deputy Richmond checked the license plate of a white Toyota Corolla and learned it was reported stolen on June 1st, 2015.Â Deputy Richmond stopped the vehicle after it pulled into a parking lot on Havana, south of Sprague.Â Once additional deputies arrived, Koffel and Hammel complied with commands and both were detained.
When Hammel, the passenger, was placed in handcuffs, he asked Deputy Richmond if the vehicle was stolen.Â Koffel exited the driverâ€™s seat and was placed in handcuffs by assisting deputies.Â Koffel and Hammel were informed they were being charged with Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, a felony.
While conducting a search, Deputy Richmond located a small plastic baggie with a brown tar-like substance inside a flashlight in Hammelâ€™s pocket.Â A small plastic baggie containing a brown tar-like substance was also located in Koffelâ€™s pocket.Â The contents of both baggies were field tested and both showed a presumptive positive result for heroin.
Koffel and Hammel were transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for felony Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle and Possession of a Controlled Substance, Heroin.
Koffel was additionally booked for 1 felony warrant (Attempted Vehicle Theft) and 2 misdemeanor warrants (Vehicle Prowling 2nd Degree & Malicious Mischief).
Deputy Mark Gregory
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office