Vehicle thief released after first appearance in court

Vehicle thief released after first appearance in court
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On January 8, at approximately 9:00 a.m., Spokane Valley Deputy Jeff Conway arrived in the 4200 block of N. Silas Rd. to investigate a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area. The caller stated the vehicle arrived around 2:30 a.m. and parked across the street. A male was inside and the vehicle was running.

Spokane Valley Deputies found, 28-year-old Joshua C. Crowley sleeping in the backseat.

Deputy Conway checked the vehicle’s license plate and learned the vehicle had been reported stolen earlier in the morning.

Crowley was in possession of a set of brass knuckles, a folding knife, and shaved keys (commonly used to steal vehicles). A shaved key was found in the ignition of the vehicle and a pry bar was located on the passenger’s side floorboard.

Crowley was detained with the assistance of Deputy Cassandra Erickson without incident.

After being advised of his rights, Crowley refused to answer questions. He was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for one felony Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, and three misdemeanors: Possession of a Dangerous Weapon, Making/Possessing Motor Vehicle Theft Tools and Making/Possessing Burglary Tools.

Crowley was released the next day on his own recognizance after first appearance.