Kennewick man accused of stealing ammunition at least 4 times in 2 months

Kristin M. Kraemer, Tri-City HeraldMay 23, 2014 

A 35-year-old man is accused of stealing ammunition from a Kennewick sporting goods store at least four times over a two-month period by walking out without paying for the items.

Stephen Michael Osmonson, of Kennewick, pleaded innocent to four counts of third-degree theft. Trial is set for Aug. 4.

Court documents show that Osmonson first went in to Sportsman's Warehouse on Feb. 24, selected a case of CCI Blazer 9mm ammunition and left the store. The ammo was valued at $119.99.

Then on April 1 he got a case of Remington UMC .40-caliber S&W ammunition worth $239.99. He left without paying, documents said.

Osmonson returned to the store three days later and got two boxes of Remington 9mm worth $57.98, and again allegedly left the store with the goods.

On April 24, he picked up a holster and a case of Remington UMC .40-caliber S&W ammo. Those items rang up to $309.98, but Osmonson left without going to the cash register, court documents said.

Loss prevention officers at Sportsman's Warehouse had reported the previous thefts to Kennewick police when they noticed Osmonson in the store again in late April. Police were at the store before Osmonson walked out with the stolen items, documents said.

Osmonson, after he was taken into custody, denied the prior three thefts and told officers he didn't know why he'd stolen ammunition that day, court documents said.

Then, when asked about the other ammunition, Osmonson said "he had already shot it up," documents said.

Osmonson had more than $3,000 in cash in his pocket when he was arrested.

Security video from the store allegedly shows a person on each occasion who looks like Osmonson, loss prevention officers saw the suspect drive away three other times in an SUV that matches Osmonson's vehicle and one officer picked him from a photo lineup.

Osmonson lost his rights to own or possess firearms when he was convicted as a juvenile in 1994 of second-degree theft. He had three additional felony convictions for first- and second-degree malicious mischief and second-degree theft, court documents said.

However, prosecutors are trying to verify Osmonson's claim that his firearm rights recently were restored.

-- Kristin M. Kraemer: 509-582-1531; kkraemer@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @KristinMKraemer

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