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Stolen pickup crashes into Pasco house (w/ gallery)

PASCO -- A suspected car thief was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly stole a pickup truck left running at a convenience store while the owner went inside for a cup of coffee.

Two suspects jumped into the unlocked 2001 white Chevy pickup outside the Road 68 Sun Mart about 7:30 a.m.

Police saw the truck headed east on Interstate 182 toward Walla Walla County and began following it, said Pasco Capt. Jim Raymond.

When the truck left the highway at East Lewis Street, officers tried to stop it in the 600 block of South Elm Street.

The driver lost control of the truck and it crashed through a chain-link fence, knocked down a porch and glanced off a house at 632 S. Elm before colliding with a parked Ford Expedition.

A family of five were home at the time, but no one was hurt, said police.

The thieves ran away, but officers cordoned off the area and a Pasco police dog was called in to help track the men.

A short time later, officers saw the suspected driver of the stolen truck at Owens and Butte streets, casually strolling down the street in an attempt to sneak past the officers, said Raymond.

William E. Berry, 26, of Burbank, was arrested and booked into the Franklin County jail. The second suspect remains at large.

Some Pasco schools were locked down for a while Wednesday morning while police were searching for the suspects.

Pasco man wanted on escape warrant

PASCO -- Pasco police and Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers are looking for a Pasco man wanted on a felony Department of Corrections warrant for escape from community custody.

Juan Daniel Salas, 22, is described as being 5-foot-6, 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

He is last known to be living on the 800 block of West B Street. He has a tattoo of a tear drop near his left eye.

His original charge was second-degree robbery.

Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers pays a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information which results in the arrest for any felony crimes reported to Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers. All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential.

Anyone with information on a felony crime or person wanted in connection with a felony crime, is asked to call 586-TIPS or 800- 222-TIPS or on the web at www.tricitiescrimestoppers.org.

Man arrested after caller reports prowler

KENNEWICK -- Kennewick police received a call at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday of a possible theft in progress.

A caller reported seeing an unfamiliar pickup parked in front of a neighbor's home and a man climbing around inside another neighbor's truck.

When officers arrived, suspect David I. Wacenske, 33, of Pasco, fled, and they were unable to find him.

A short time later, a caller said he had just caught a man in the back of his pickup parked in the 5400 block of West 15th Avenue. A police dog found Wacenske hiding in bushes at 15th Avenue and Harrison Street.

He was taken into custody on two counts of vehicle prowl, resisting arrest and an outstanding felony warrant. Officers located and impounded his pickup, which contained a large amount of property.

Kennewick police recently have received 10 reports of items stolen from vehicles, including stereo equipment, tools, a debit card and a bean bag toss game. In several cases, a vehicle window had been broken out.

Police are asking Kennewick residents to check their vehicles and call police if any items are missing.

Anyone having information on a crime can call the Crime Stoppers line, 586-8477. Calls are confidential. Or go to www.tricitiescrimestoppers.org.

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