A 15-year-old Kennewick boy arrested Saturday on suspicion of breaking into cars is being sought again Monday for the same offense, police said.
The teen was booked into the juvenile detention center Saturday afternoon after reportedly stealing a purse from a car at 424 S. Washington St., said Kennewick police Sgt. Ken Lattin.
Two boys were spotted swiping the purse and took off into the area of Second Avenue, but officers were able to search the area and find both teens, he said.
Both boys, 15, were identified by witnesses. They initially denied being involved but the teen who took the purse later directed officers to where he stashed it -- in a garbage can near Third Avenue and Benton Street, Lattin said.
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The second teen had paint on his hands that matched some recent tagging. He was released to his parents, but is being investigated for possible gang graffiti charges, Lattin said.
At 4:30 a.m. Monday, a homeowner at 2527 W. 33rd Place noticed two teens going through her neighbor's car and called 911.
Officers caught a 14-year-old boy trying to hide inside a car near 36th Avenue and Dennis Street, Lattin said.
The boy admitted he had been in the area with his 15-year-old friend, who turned out to be the same teen arrested Saturday, Lattin said.
The 15-year-old was not found and his mother told police her son was supposed to be spending the night at the 14-year-old boy's home.
It's not clear when the 15-year-old was released from the juvenile detention center.