Police say they believe a Burbank man they arrested Monday night on suspicion of burglarizing a Kennewick dental office is responsible for a majority of the commercial burglaries in Kennewick and Pasco in 2013.
Police arrested Vance Terrell Jourdan Jr., 32, after he allegedly broke into the Gledhill Dental office and later led police on a chase from Pasco to Kennewick, which ended when he was stunned with a stun gun, Kennewick police Cpl. Todd Dronen said. Undisclosed items were taken from the dental office.
Police had been watching Jourdan, whom they suspected of committing other commercial burglaries across the Tri-Cities, and were waiting to gather enough evidence to arrest him, Kennewick police Commander Trevor White said.
Pasco police saw Jourdan driving a short time after the burglary and tried to stop him, but he allegedly fled and crossed the blue bridge to Kennewick.
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Jourdan stopped the car in Kennewick, where he ran and eventually was stunned by police and arrested, Dronen said. Jourdan’s car was impounded and he is being detained on a 72-hour hold as police investigate the burglary.
Police have seen a rise in commercial burglaries since the start of the new year, with 42 cases reported in Kennewick and 34 in Pasco.
Police have been working together to investigate the commercial burglaries, where the suspects were breaking windows and rummaging through the businesses trying to steal cash and other items.