A group of teenagers has been arrested in connection to a crime spree in Spokane County, according to the Spokane Police Department. The group consists of a 13-year-old and three 14-year-olds who are accused of stealing ring doorbell cameras and cars across the county.
The teenagers allegedly taunted residents by bragging about the stolen ring cameras and posting pictures of the stolen cars on social media. The crime spree spanned various locations in Spokane County, with incidents reported from Spokane Valley to the South Hill.
Lieutenant Rob Booth of the Spokane Police Department described the teenagers’ actions as acts of recklessness that put the community in danger. He believes that there may be other groups committing similar crimes in the area.
In response to the increase in car thefts, the Spokane Police Department and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office have created the Kia Hyundai Audit Theft Task Force. This task force aims to consolidate efforts and work towards a common goal of combating car thefts in the area.
Since the arrest of the four teenagers, they have been charged with 26 felonies along with other charges. The Spokane Police Department reports a decrease in the number of car thefts in Spokane and Spokane County since the arrests.
The creation of the task force sends a message to parents that law enforcement agencies are actively pursuing individuals involved in these crimes. The Spokane Police Department and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office assure the public that they will investigate and prosecute such offenses.