Nearly 9 out of 10 cars in Kennewick are unlocked when someone gets in and steals things.
The Kennewick police said they have received 75 reports of vehicle prowls since April 1. A quarter of those happened just this week.
“Please lock your doors, do not leave valuables in your car — especially guns — and call if you see someone suspicious around vehicles,” police said.
Monday, police arrested Marshal McKee, 18, of Kennewick, on suspicion of six counts of vehicle prowling, second-degree malicious mischief and second-degree burglary.
A witness called 911 saying they saw someone running from a parked car near the intersection of West 24th Avenue and South Zillah Street, where several cars were prowled.
Police said they found McKee in a backyard with items taken from the cars.
Also on Monday, a thief stole a 9mm pistol left in a car on the 600 block of South Fir Street.
In West Richland six car prowls were reported on Monday morning. Two were unlocked vehicles. Among other items, a pistol was stolen.