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December 3, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Spokane deputies arrest red kettle theft suspect

The Associated Press

SPOKANE — Spokane County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man who is suspected of robbing a Salvation Army bell ringer in Post Falls, Idaho.

The sheriff’s office says a deputy spotted a stolen car early Wednesday in Spokane Valley and arrested the driver after a chase. A police dog was deployed to help take 24-year-old Ezariah W. Lingafelter into custody.

The sheriff’s office says Lingafelter had a large amount of cash, which may have been taken Tuesday from a Salvation Army red kettle.

Deputies say Lingafelter also had what appeared to be methamphetamine and some illegal pills. And, it appears the clothes he was wearing were stolen from Goodwill and that he had stolen more than one vehicle in a crime spree.

He’s jailed in Spokane for investigation of multiple felony charges.

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