SPOKANE - Earlier this week, two suspects were arrested for allegedly shoplifting over $23,000 in merchandise from two different stores in the Spokane and Spokane Valley area over the past three months.
The Spokane Police Department's Enforcement and Recovery Unit (SPEAR) arrested 35-year-old Brandon M. Stoddard and 22-year-old Monica M. Boggess following a thorough investigation.
According to a press release from the Spokane Police Department, SPEAR obtained several reports about the same male and female shoplifting. The pair allegedly used a similar method multiple times; quickly entering a store, filling shopping baskets with merchandise grabbed from the shelves, and running out of the store within seconds.
On January 30, 2023, SPD officers were contacted by a local business and advised Boggess was near the 4700 block of N. Division St. When officers arrived they located Boggess getting out of a stolen car. She ran from police, but was caught and taken into custody without incident. Officers learned Stoddard was in a store nearby. Officers attempted to arrest Stoddard, who, like Boggess, fled on foot. Officers were also able to catch him and take him into custody.
The investigation showed that in the past 3 months the couple has stolen more than $23,000 in merchandise from 2 different stores.
Boggess was arrested and booked into Spokane County Jail for Theft 1st and 2nd degree and organized retail theft. Boggess also reportedly sold the stolen items online according to the press release, therefore she was charged with trafficking in stolen property.
Stoddard was arrested and booked into Spokane County Jail for Theft 1st and 2nd degree, organized retail theft and criminal trespass. Stoddard also has 9 prior felony convictions that include: attempted robbery, malicious mischief, attempt to elude (two separate counts), malicious mischief in the 1st degree, possession of stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, harassment and vehicular assault.
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