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Two Arrests, Stolen Property Recovered During Search Warrant

Posted 5/3/2012 6:49 PM by MDGREGORY
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On Tuesday, May 1st, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office Burglary Task Force and Investigative Task Force conducted a search warrant at a residence near the area of 1200 North Oak St. Cpl. Elliott had been conducting a follow-up investigation at a local business when he observed 32 year old Christopher Steinbaugh possibly trafficking stolen property at the business. Members of the Burglary Task Force had developed probable cause for Steinbaugh's arrest from a separate residential burglary.

Cpl. Elliott and other members of the Burglary Task Force followed Steinbaugh to a residence near the 1200 block of North Oak St. and then stopped him shortly after he left the residence. Steinbaugh was found in possession of jewelry and other suspected stolen items when stopped and he was taken into custody for the separate residential burglary.

Investigators developed probable cause that stolen property and narcotics still remained at the Oak address. A search warrant was signed and investigators with the Spokane County Investigative Task Force and Burglary Task Force served the warrant at the residence. 35 year-old Russell Foust was located inside the residence and taken into custody for Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) and Obstructing a Public Servant.

Several other items investigators suspected to be stolen were located at the residence including jewelry, tools and electronics. Some of the items were positively identified as stolen from a commercial burglary in Spokane Valley. This investigation is ongoing and many more charges are expected from this incident.

Citizens are asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233 to claim their property. One of the investigators will then contact the victim to verify proof of ownership.

Information about this Spokane Sheriff News story is also available at www.facebook.com/SpokaneCountySheriffsOffice

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