A 20-year-old burglar who was tracked down by a locator application on the victim's stolen iPad is going to prison.
Arturo Prado of Pasco was sentenced by a Benton County Superior Court judge to one year and one month in prison. That came after his guilty plea to residential burglary for the Feb. 10 crime.
According to court documents, Prado and two teens who were skipping school broke into home in the 500 block of West First Avenue in Kennewick and took a number of items.
The homeowner returned at 1:45 p.m. to find a rear window broken so burglars could get inside. His missing property included coins, jewelry and his iPad.
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The victim, Keith Silliman, has an app that allows him to locate the iPad if missing and used it to discover the device at that time was in the west end of Keewaydin Park near the Ben Franklin Transit transfer station on Dayton Street, documents said.
Silliman videotaped a group of three young men with his cellphone who were in the park near the location. They were standing near a white bundle but left it behind when they realized Silliman was watching them, court documents stated.
A Ben Franklin Transit employee reportedly secured what turned out to be bedsheets with items inside until Kennewick police arrived. Officers found a number of items stolen from Silliman's home, including his expired passport, a laptop computer, DVD player, telephone and an engraved clock.
The victim again used his iPad application so police could track the suspects to First Avenue and Gum Street. They were arrested, and officers got a search warrant that allowed them to look for the iPad in one of the suspect's bags, documents said.
Prado initially said he just had run into the two teens, then admitted to going into Silliman's home and loading up several items. He denied actually removing the bundle from the home but told officers he took a wallet with business cards and showed where he had later dumped it.
The other two boys, ages 15 and 16, were taken to the juvenile detention center. The status of any criminal charges against them is not known because police did not release their names.
Prado must pay $1,834.19 in restitution for the burglary and damage done to the home. His criminal history includes first-degree arson and third-degree assault.
Man sentenced for car prowls
A Kennewick man was sentenced to 35 days in jail for breaking into a number of parked cars last summer and stealing electronics and other items.
Jeffrey Paul Maddux, 24, was told he can do the time on jail work release or work crew if he is eligible.
He pleaded guilty Jan. 26 to second-degree possession of stolen property and second-degree vehicle prowling.
Kennewick police were called Aug. 21 by a resident in the 6000 block of West First Avenue about a car prowl in progress. The man told a 911 dispatcher that he could see someone in his 2006 Toyota Avalon with a flashlight.
Officers responded to the resident's call and a short time later contacted three men in a silver Toyota Corolla near the Pub Tavern in Kennewick. They reportedly matched the victim's description.
At the time, police were investigating a series of vehicle prowls where the suspected vehicle looked like the Toyota that Maddux, David Delgado and Jimmy Cuellar were stopped in, court documents stated. Police also had received reports on those cases that several people were present during the thefts.
Officers had seen the three men together in the Toyota before and after the vehicle prowl report on First Avenue, documents stated.
A search of the Toyota turned up several iPods and car stereos, a Cobra radar unit, a large speaker box, a DVD screen, a car seat and a Garmin GPS. Police also seized numerous items that belonged to the First Avenue victim, like an identification badge for his job, court documents stated.
Maddux was linked to six car prowls. He was ordered to help pay $1,090.36 in restitution along with Delgado and Cuellar, who were sentenced in January to 40 days in jail each for their roles in the car prowls.