Police roundup: Detectives find alleged chop shop in Finley

By Paula Horton, Tri-City HeraldNovember 12, 2012 

Benton County sheriff's gang detectives discovered what they believed to be a chop shop in Finley after a stolen truck was dumped on Jump Off Joe, officials said

The investigation began Wednesday afternoon when deputies got a call about the dumped truck and determined it was stolen, said sheriff's Lt. Chuck Jones.

Deputies also were alerted to a man in the area who was acting suspicious, he said.

They were able to link the truck to Evan Daly, 27, of Kennewick, through tire prints, Jones told the Herald.

Daly was arrested and booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of first-degree possession of stolen property.

The next day, detectives with the gang unit searched a home at 18507 S. 2198 PR in Finley and recovered parts belonging to the abandoned truck, he said.

Detectives also seized tools and other stolen parts that indicated other stolen vehicles may have been there previously, leading investigators to suspect a place where vehicles are dismantled for their parts had been in operation there, Jones said.

Police arrest suspect who allegedly stole SUV

A 27-year-old Tri-City man was arrested Friday after he was suspected of stealing an SUV from the parking lot of the Kennewick Walmart.

The Toyota 4-Runner was reported stolen Nov. 4, and Benton County sheriff's investigators tracked down the stolen vehicle to a home at 28506 S. 875 PR, off Badger Road in Kennewick, said Lt. Chuck Jones.

Deputies got a warrant and went to the home at 10:40 a.m. Friday. When they got there, Christian Kazala tried to run away, leading them on a short chase, Jones said.

Kazala, who had five warrants for his arrest, was caught and arrested.

When officers searched Kazala, they found a small amount of methamphetamine, Jones said.

Kazala was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of resisting arrest, possessing stolen property and possessing meth.

Mattawa man arrested for alleged sexual assault on girl

A Mattawa man had to be shocked with a Taser gun two times while being arrested Saturday after allegedly sexually assaulting a young girl, authorities said.

The girl was rushed to a Yakima hospital for surgery, said Grant County sheriff's officials. Another girl in the home was also treated for unspecified injuries.

Grant County sheriff's deputies were called at 8:30 p.m. after a woman reported her daughter had been raped at a Mattawa home, officials said.

The woman apparently had left the home after a domestic violence incident, and found her daughter injured when she returned, sheriff's officials said.

Three deputies arrived at the home and attempted to arrest the suspect, but he initially refused to open the door.

After forcing their way inside, deputies had to twice shock the suspect with a Taser to get him in custody, authorities said.

The man, whose name was not released to protect the identity of the victims, was booked into the Grant County jail on suspicion of first-degree child rape.

Officials seek to ID men suspected in theft of car

Kennewick police and Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers are looking for help identifying two men suspected of stealing a station wagon from a Kennewick casino.

A picture of the suspects taken from surveillance cameras was released Monday.

They're wanted in connection with the theft of a silver 2001 Ford Focus station wagon, with Washington license plate 033XLM. The car was swiped Nov. 4 from the 3000 block of West Kennewick Avenue.

Anyone with information on the suspects can call 586-8477 or go to www.tricitiescrimestoppers.org. Tips can also be sent by text message by writing "Text TIP 411" plus the message to CRIMES (274637).

All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential.

Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers pays a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that results in a felony arrest.

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