PR 2023

Automated License Plate Reader Alert Leads to Stolen Vehicle Recovery and Arrest of Wanted Suspect

A Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy received an Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) Flock Alert and, within minutes, observed the occupied reported stolen vehicle parked near Market and Farwell.  The driver was found to have a felony warrant for Robbery and Theft of a Motor Vehicle stemming from the original theft of the same vehicle.   She was arrested and booked into jail.   


On March 27, 2024, just prior to 2:00 pm, a Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy received an ALPR Flock Stolen Vehicle Alert near his location.  ALPR Alerts show a picture of the vehicle, specific identifiers, and the reason the Alert was entered.

Minutes later, the Deputy observed a vehicle matching the one identified in the ALPR Alert parked on the east side of Market, near Freya.  Intending to check on the car as a possible stolen/suspicious vehicle, he pulled behind it and confirmed the license plate, via radio.   

As the Deputy approached the car, a Spokane Regional Emergency Communications (SREC) dispatcher confirmed the vehicle, a silver 2007 Suzuki XL7, had been reported as stolen.

The driver, identified as 50-year-old Dawn D. Sherman, was detained pending further investigation.  Sherman was advised of her rights and agreed to answer questions.   She stated the vehicle belonged to her “boyfriend” and provided the registered owner/victim’s first name but was incorrect on his last.  She explained she had been in contact with the victim recently, but her version of events changed as she continued.  

A check of Sherman’s name revealed a confirmed felony warrant (Robbery 1st and Motor Vehicle Theft) where the victim had initially reported the Suzuki stolen.  During that incident on January 21, 2024, he said that he was helping Sherman, who he described as a friend.  She was homeless, and he let her visit his home occasionally to clean up, change clothes, and eat.  As he napped on the couch, Sherman became upset and started yelling.  Her anger intensified, and she punched him in the face, grabbed the keys to his vehicle, and ran out the front door.    

The 60-year-old disabled victim tried to catch her, but by the time he made it outside, she was driving off in his vehicle.  He confirmed he wanted to pursue charges and did not allow Sherman to take his SUV.  The Deputy taking this report observed redness to the side of the victim’s face, consistent with being hit in the face.  

The Deputy submitted the report and a charging request for Robbery 1st Degree and Theft of a Motor Vehicle charges, naming Sherman the suspect.  Later, a warrant for her arrest was issued.                

Through the continued investigation, it was confirmed that Sherman’s version of events was false.  She was advised she was under arrest for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and her warrant.  She was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for these charges.  

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