You don’t see mounted deer heads, a wild-looking electric guitar, and a 1977 red Corvette together in the same photo very often.
But that was the case last week as authorities in the Spokane, Washington area nabbed three people involved in a residential burglary involving cars and other property inside the victim’s home.
Apparently, the victim was in Alaska when she notified the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office that her Pontiac Firebird had been stolen from her family’s shop in Ford, Washington.
Authorities investigated and discovered that the suspects were apparently planning to sell several other vehicles inside the shop the next day.
During a stakeout last Friday, lawmen saw two of the three suspects entering the victim’s shop and subsequently arrested Andrew Samuelson and Christopher Terrell on site, then nabbed a third suspect, Candi Terrell, in Airway Heights, Washington.
While they were investigating on site, two people arrived planning to buy more of the stolen vehicles.
A search of the suspects’ residence in Reardan, Washington located additional property allegedly stolen from the victim’s property, apparently including the guitar and mounted deer heads.
The Auto Task Force recovered the last stolen vehicle sold from the shop – the 1977 Corvette Stingray – on Monday.
The suspects face several felony charges, including burglary, theft of motor vehicles, trafficking in stolen property, and forgery, with two of them also booked on outstanding warrants.
Taking part in the investigation were Alaska Department of Public Safety (state troopers), Spokane Regional Auto Theft Task Force (WSP, SPD, SCSO), Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Stevens County Sheriff’s Office, and Chewelah Police Department.
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