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Post by News Tribune Staff on Sep. 25, 2008 at 11:07 am with 2 Comments »
September 25, 2008 11:07 am

KXLY TV in Spokane interviewed the two Fort Lewis soldiers accused of deserting and then going on a petty crime spree to feed their addiction to prescription painkillers.

Below is the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office press release about the arrests.

And I’m just going to leave it at that.

Deserters Nabbed In Mini-Crime Wave

A pair of U.S. Army deserters was arrested Tuesday after Spokane Valley property crimes detectives linked them to a series of thefts and other criminal incidents committed during the past two months.

Michael W. Grenkavich, 21, and Mitchell L. Rea, 22, have been living a transient lifestyle in Spokane since deserting from Ft. Lewis within two days of each other last July. Grenkavich had ties to the

Spokane area prior to enlisting in the military.

After a rash of thefts began occurring, Sgt. Dave Martin assigned a team of property crimes detectives to the cases. The team eventually

linked the two suspects to the following offenses:

&bull A September 9th grab and dash theft at Blockbuster in which one suspect took a $499 PlayStation 3 and ran to a waiting truck driven by the other. The game was pawned later that day.

&bull A Costco grab and dash on September 18th in which one suspect took two $480 flat-screen televisions and ran to the waiting pickup. Both items were recovered from a pawn business.

&bull Grenkavich and a second male burglarized a residence July 12th, stealing expensive jewelry and sports memorabilia that later turned up in a pawn shop.

&bull On July 20th, Grenkavich rented three $1,700 generators and a $700 power washer from A To Z Rental and pawned them the same day.

&bull Grenkavich rented a $1,600 generator from United Rental on August 20th and pawned it the same day.

&bull Grenkavich attempted to pass a forged check at Global Credit Union on August 1st and was arrested by patrol officers.

Detectives are currently investigating reports that Grenkavich obtained a Washington driver’s license in his brother’s name and used it both to drain the brother’s bank account and to open fraudulent credit accounts.

They are also investigating reports of numerous check crimes committed by Grenkavich throughout the summer.

On Tuesday, Grenkavich was booked into the Spokane County Jail on felony counts of Second Degree Identity Theft, First Degree Theft, Forgery, Theft of Rental Property and First Degree Trafficking Stolen Property.

Rea was booked for Second Degree Theft, two counts of First Degree Trafficking Stolen Property, and Second Degree Theft of a Credit Card.

Martin said additional charges of theft, trafficking stolen property, forgery and failure to return rental/lease property are anticipated.

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