A man suspected of having a role in more than a dozen Tri-City break-ins, including at seven dental offices, was nabbed after police installed a GPS device on his vehicle.
Vance Terrell Jourdan Jr., 32, of Burbank, has been fighting charges in Benton County Superior Court since his April 22 arrest, and now faces additional charges across the river.
Jourdan pleaded innocent in Franklin County Superior Court to three counts of second-degree burglary. He is set for trial Dec. 18.
His Benton County trial for possession of cocaine and two counts of second-degree burglary is coming up Oct. 14.
Police in Kennewick and Pasco said Jourdan is responsible for a majority of the commercial burglaries in the first several months of this year.
The front window of Kennewick's Burger Ranch was broken after the restaurant closed March 21, according to court documents. The manager reported the safe was stolen from the 808 W. Vineyard Drive business.
Then at 10:06 p.m. April 22, a silent alarm went off at Gledhill Dental and officers found the front windows broken, documents said. Dr. Lance Gledhill, the owner, said about $300 in cash was stolen.
Detectives in Kennewick and Pasco already were keeping watch on Jourdan, believing he was a serial burglar because of similarities in the crimes. They had received court authorization to put a GPS device in Jourdan's vehicle, documents said.
Detectives reviewed Jourdan's whereabouts that night and the data reportedly showed that about 10 p.m. his vehicle was at the 7223 W. Clearwater Ave. dental office. Officers from both agencies tracked him down at 11:55 p.m. in the parking lot of a Kennewick gas station and arrested him after a short foot chase.
Later that night in an interview with police, Jourdan talked about a number of the commercial burglaries, admitting that he was at Gledhill Dental hours before, documents said.
Jourdan said he had a role in the March 5 burglary of Pizza Hut on West Court Street in Pasco but denied taking part in the Jiffy Lube break-in across the street, saying he knew who did it but wouldn't discuss it further, documents said.
Jourdan said he had nothing to do with March 16 burglaries at Rent-A-Center and Gen-X Clothing, two businesses about 50 yards apart in Pasco, where video surveillance showed a man in a dark, hooded sweater using a mallet-shaped object to break a window, documents said. However, he fit the description of the man seen in footage from the clothing store, and a dark-colored hooded sweater and a larger screwdriver were found in Jourdan's vehicle after his arrest.
Also, Jourdan admitted he was involved in a Kennewick Conoco gas station incident March 21 only after watching video surveillance of a man in a dark, hooded sweater breaking in with a mallet-type object, documents said. The man in that video resembled the suspect from Rent-A-Center.
Jourdan allegedly said he had a part in the March 22 burglary of a Pasco Bruchi's Cheese- Steaks & Subs restaurant, but said he only was present when someone else got into a Chevron station that same night. He was questioned about the burglary that night of Domino's Pizza, across the street from the gas station, but refused to comment on it.
Detectives claim the following morning he went to a convenience store and tried to cash lottery tickets stolen from the Chevron station.
Jourdan had a role in the April burglaries of four other dental offices, including Frontier Family Dental and Angus Square Dental Clinic, court documents said. He denied participating in break-ins at Andelin Family Dentistry and Tri-Cities Family Dental on the same night as others he admitted, but detectives say they seized Jourdan's boots from his girlfriend's car and they match shoeprints found at Andelin, documents said.
The charges against Jourdan in Franklin County are for Pizza Hut, Gen-X Clothing and Chevron.
He is out of custody after posting bond on $20,000 bail in Benton County. A Franklin County judge agreed to let him stay out on his personal recognizance.
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