Spokane Valley Deputies arrested a suspect who attempted to use stolen credit cards at a store on E. Sprague.
The victim, alerted by her bank of the fraudulent purchase attempts, found the suspect at the store with the assistance of store employees. The suspect fled on foot but was chased and caught by the victim’s boyfriend. Deputies investigated and found probable cause to charge the suspect with Burglary 2nd Degree and Possession of Stolen Property 2nd Degree.
On May 9, 2022, at approximately 10:35 pm., Spokane Valley Deputies responded to the reported stolen property/fraud call at Wal-Mart, 5025 E. Sprague Avenue in Spokane Valley. Deputies contacted the victim, her boyfriend, and the suspect, later identified as 41-year-old Boothe P. Stickelmeyer, in front of the store.
The victim stated she believed her wallet had been stolen earlier in the day. She searched everywhere for it, then reported that it had been stolen and started canceling the credit cards she could remember throughout the day. She was contacted by her bank, informing her there had been a declined charge of $609.88 at Wal-Mart.
She was also told there had been several charges at Safeway, Zips, and Home Depot, totaling more than $1,200. She and her boyfriend drove to Wal-Mart and contacted store employees. One of the employees pointed out a male (Stickelmeyer) and said Stickelmeyer was attempting to use one of her credit cards in self-checkout. When the victim tried to approach Stickelmeyer, he took off, running into the parking lot with the victim chasing.
As the victim ran by her vehicle, she got her boyfriend’s attention, and he chased after the male. He located Stickelmeyer in a neighborhood near Sprague and Custer. Stickelmeyer stopped running and began apologizing, stating he sold a mountain bike to an unknown male for the credit cards.
Stickelmeyer pleaded for law enforcement not to be called, claiming he would do whatever was asked. Stickelmeyer was escorted back to Wal-Mart, where he was contacted and arrested by Deputies. Deputies contacted store employees and verified they had recovered one of the stolen credit cards.
They reviewed this incident’s surveillance video, which confirmed the information and showed Stickelmeyer also attempted to purchase four $500.00 gift cards.
A check of Stickelmeyer’s name revealed an active felony warrant, Trafficking Stolen Property 2nd Degree, and a misdemeanor warrant for Criminal Trespass 1st Degree. Stickelmeyer had also trespassed from all Wal-Marts in 2019. Stickelmeyer was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Burglary 2nd Degree, two counts of Possession of Stolen Property 2nd Degree, and his two warrants.
His total bond was set by Spokane County Superior Court Commissioner John Stine at $1,000.00.