KENNEWICK — A slow getaway on a stolen riding lawn mower landed a Kennewick burglary suspect behind bars.
Nathan Watkins, 31, was found Tuesday morning on Morain Street riding a Toro mower that had been taken from the backyard of a home at 411 S. Morain St., Kennewick police said.
Officers responding to the 8 a.m. burglary call found Watkins on the riding lawn mower pulling a trailer full of other lawn care equipment that was then attached to a second Craftsman riding mower, police said.
Watkins was arrested and booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of second-degree burglary, second-degree theft and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
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Officers are trying to locate the owners of the stolen property.
Watkins is a convicted bank robber who was sentenced in January 2009 to nearly two years in prison for first-degree theft.
Watkins robbed a Key Bank branch in Richland in October 2008, getting $1,700 in cash after giving the teller a note that said "no dye packs, no bait money," court documents said.
Security video footage showed Watkins wearing a dark sweatshirt with a red devil logo on the back. When Watkins was arrested the next day, he was wearing the same sweatshirt.