A 40-year-old Benton County man who allegedly went on a theft spree in Richland was arrested after leading police on a short chase through town, authorities said.
Richland police were called at 8:50 a.m. Wednesday to the 1100 block of Perkins Avenue after a woman reported seeing a man use bolt cutters to cut a chain and padlock on a fence, said Capt. Mike Cobb.
The suspect, later identified as Ted Oakley Tate, then got into a maroon Ford Explorer and drove away, Cobb said.
A patrol sergeant spotted Tate and tried to stop him, but he refused to pull over. A short chase followed until Tate finally decided to stop, Cobb said.
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Officers then determined Tate apparently had been in the 1800 block of Hoxie Avenue earlier in the morning stealing a keg of beer, Cobb said. It appeared Tate wanted the aluminum the keg was made out of.
Tate then went to the Perkins Avenue home but did not take anything from the yard after cutting the fence.
When officers searched the SUV, they discovered a bicycle that had been stolen from Kennewick and a step ladder that had been swiped from a construction site earlier that day, Cobb said.
They also found bolt cutters, tool boxes, a meth pipe and a baggie of suspected meth.
Cobb said investigators think Tate also was scoping out the city of Richland storage yard, where several large spools of wire had been stolen.
Tate denied being involved in the theft, but officers found handwritten notes in the SUV that said city of Richland storage yard, Cobb said.
Tate was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of attempted residential burglary, attempting to elude police, third-degree theft and possession of meth.
Pasco woman sought on drug, burglary charges
Kennewick police and Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers are searching for a Pasco woman wanted for skipping her court hearings on drug and burglary charges.
Victoria Lynne Salazar, 22, of Pasco, is 5-foot-2, 130 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She has tattoos of a butterfly and tribal band with stars on her left ankle, a devil on her right ankle, a moon and star on her left arm and "Salazar" on her chest.
Salazar is charged with failure to appear on a possession of meth charge and burglary. She also is wanted on five misdemeanor warrants.
Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers pays a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that results in a felony arrest.
Anyone with information about Salazar's whereabouts is asked to call 586-8477 or go to www.tricitiescrimestoppers.org. Tips also can be sent by text message by writing "Text TIP 411" plus the message to CRIMES (274637).
All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential.
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