Mother, Son Arrested In Athol Food Bank Burglary

COEUR D’ALENE – Two people have been arrested in connection with a burglary at the Athol Food Bank on December 19th.

Angela Wolfinjer, 38, and her son, 19-year-old Dale Rhea, were arrested Friday night after a search warrant was served on their home at 6151 Menser Avenue in Athol.  Kootenai County sheriff’s deputies found items bought with gift cards stolen from the food bank, located in the Athol City Hall.

When they searched the home, investigators found over 40 items purchased at a Fred Meyer store in Spokane with stolen gift cards worth over $1,500.  They also found a large amount of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Rhea was out on bail after being arrested in possession of some of the gift cards on December 20th.  He had denied involvement in the burglary at the time of his arrest.  He was charged with burglary, grand theft, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Wolfinjer was charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and possession of stolen property.  Both were booked into the Kootenai County Jail in Coeur d’Alene.

Wolfinjer and Rhea are scheduled to make their first court appearance on Monday afternoon.