Fraud, Forgery, and Identity Theft Suspects Arrested

Investigative Task Force Arrests One Suspect, Second Suspect Hospitalized After Jumping from a 2nd Story Window 

Members of the Investigative Task Force (ITF), assisted by multiple agencies, served a search warrant yesterday morning while attempting to apprehend two suspects for multiple charges including fraud, forgery, identity theft and possession of stolen property.  One suspect was arrested but the second suspect was injured after he jumped from a 2nd story window in a failed attempt to flee. 

During the morning hours of April 6, 2017, ITF detectives, assisted by members of the U.S. Postal Inspector, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Marshals and Washington State Department of Corrections, served a search warrant at an apartment located in the 200 block of North Division.

The search warrant was obtained after ITF Detective Dean Meyer recognized 25-year-old Cody L. Burgess and 26-year-old Alishia M. Galbreath from store surveillance photos of fraud suspects presented by a bank fraud specialist during a Financial Fraud/Identity Theft Task Force meeting.  Detective Meyer, already working an extensive case involving the criminal pair, began investigating these new incidents where Burgess and Galbreath were suspected of fraudulently using/attempted to use a stolen credit card several times at multiple business locations in our community.

Detective Meyer made several attempts to locate Burgess and Galbreath but their location was unknown until a Crime Stoppers Tip was received from a citizen early this week.  Further investigation confirmed the two were staying at the address on Division which led to the search warrant, the arrest of Galbreath, and Burgess’ failed attempt to flee.

Burgess was hospitalized for his injuries and was not arrested at the time due to his medical needs.  He is facing multiple felony counts (Forgery, Identity Theft, Theft, Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of a Controlled Substance) and three felony warrants.

Galbreath was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Identity Theft, Forgery, Possession of Stolen Property 2nd Degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Theft 3rd Degree.

This investigation is still active and could result in additional felony and misdemeanor charges.  This investigation highlights the combined efforts of citizens, businesses, financial institutions and working together with multiple law enforcement agencies to hold criminals who prey on our community accountable.

Deputy Mark Gregory

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office

Spokane Valley Police Department
Public Information Officer
509-477-3287     Office

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