Kennewick man breaks into neighbor's home

Tyler Richardson, Tri-City HeraldDecember 12, 2013 

A Kennewick man waited until his neighbors left home to break in and steal high heels and other items, prosecutors said Thursday.

Police found the shoes and electronics in Monty Ray Bockman's house following the Dec. 9 break-in, prosecutors said. Bockman was found with reported stolen items in a shed near the house on Grant Street where a couple and their two children live.

The 58-year-old appeared Thursday in Benton County Superior Court and is being held in jail on $50,000 bail.

Prosecutors called the burglary "disturbing" and believe the heels were taken for sexual purposes.

Bockman's neighbor found his house had been broken into after returning home at 11:45 a.m., according to court documents. A sliding glass door in the backyard was unlocked.

Brockman, who lives across the street, was watching the house and waiting for his neighbors to leave, prosecutors said.

A laptop, thumb drive, digital camera, flashlight and other items were reportedly missing.

Brockman apparently got into the family's yard by crawling through a hole in the backyard fence, court documents said. Leaning on the fence was a bicycle tire that didn't belong to the homeowners.

Shoe prints led from the hole to a shed on an adjacent property, court documents said. The homeowner suspected Bockman was involved because his car was recently impounded and he rides a bicycle.

Police officers searched the neighborhood and left when they didn't find anyone, court documents said. The homeowner went to the shed and found Bockman inside. Bockman fought with homeowner before officers returned and arrested him.

Bockman had the thumb drive, digital camera and flashlight when he was arrested, court documents said.

When police searched his home, they found the high heels, the laptop and other items, prosecutors said. A pipe with methamphetamine also was found in the house, said officials.

-- Tyler Richardson: 582-1556; trichardson@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @Ty_richardson

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