Pair held in car prowls also suspects in thefts

By Paula Horton, Herald staff writer December 22, 2009 

Two Pasco residents arrested in connection with a string of Richland car prowls are also suspected of making multiple purchases with stolen credit cards, police said.

Randy A. Rodgers, 28, and Linda P. Sifuentez, 35, were arrested over the weekend by Richland police.

Officers suspect the duo may be responsible for a number of burglaries, vehicle prowls and thefts in south Richland over the past month, police said.

Police got their first clue about a suspect Wednesday when a resident in the 1900 block of Sheridan Place reported seeing two people prowling a vehicle, officers said.

The tipster said the suspects were in a white Chevrolet truck with a standard cab and long bed, but the truck left before officers could track it down.

On Saturday, another resident reported a suspicious vehicle in the 2000 block of Anna Avenue, police said. The truck matched the description reported earlier and the caller said a man and woman were inside.

While officers talked to the resident, the truck drove by and was stopped. Rodgers was identified as the driver and Sifuentez was the passenger, police said.

Rodgers was wanted on a felony warrant from the state Department of Corrections, police said.

In the back of the truck, officers found an open backpack with several tools commonly used for burglaries and car prowls, police said.

Several electronic items were also spotted in the truck, along with CD cases, an iPod, radar detector, cell phone and leather gloves, police said.

The truck was impounded until a search warrant was obtained and Sifuentez was released because officers didn't find anything to positively link her to a crime, police said.

Once the truck was towed to the station, officers saw several purses, a meth pipe and headlamps inside, police aid.

They also came across several other cases with similar circumstances to the one being investigated and found video surveillance footage from one case.

The video from a Fred Meyer on Dec. 10 allegedly showed Rodgers and Sifuentez buying items with a stolen credit card, police said.

Another video from Walmart in Kennewick showed the same thing, they said.

More cases in Richland and Pasco have been linked to Rodgers and Sifuentez using stolen credit and debit cards, police said.

Once the truck was searched, officers found a camera, several camera data cards, two GPS units, two-way radios, a small baggie of meth, a meth pipe, clothing from Fred Meyer, the radar detector and receipts from stores where the fraudulent transactions occurred, police said.

Sifuentez was found at a Richland home, arrested and booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of forgery and possessing stolen property.

Rodgers was jailed on suspicion of possessing stolen property, meth and drug paraphernalia, forgery and the corrections department warrant.

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