A 47-year-old Pasco man was arrested early Monday after he allegedly dropped a bag containing a digital scale, lock pick kit and gloves, then asked police if they found it.
Kennewick police responding just after 2 a.m. to a fire at a four-plex ran over the small black bag lying in the intersection of First Avenue and Quay Street.
After making sure the building was evacuated, the officer went back and got the bag. When he looked inside, he found the suspicious items.
While standing by at the fire scene, a man later identified as Fred Edward III approached officers and asked if they had found a computer bag that he dropped, police said.
Officers said they found a small bag and Edward reportedly said it belonged to him and described some of the items inside.
When Edward apparently realized the officer knew about the other items, Edward tried to change his story and say the bag didn't belong to him, police said.
Edward was arrested and when officers searched him, they found a key chain with about 30 to 50 keys. A number of the keys appeared to be shaved, police said.
Edward was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of possessing burglary tools.