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Men sought in Eastern Washington Walmart thefts

Kennewick police and Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers are looking to identify two men suspected of a series of thefts from Walmart stores in Eastern Washington.

The suspects are connected to a theft at the Kennewick store on July 5 and one in College Place on July 15.

In both cases, the suspects loaded shopping carts with items from the store and pushed the carts out of the emergency exit to a vehicle.

Images of the men, taken from store security video, are available at tricitiescrimestoppers.org. Click on the "Unsolved Crimes" link.

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 the suspects can call 586-8477 or visit www.tricitiescrimestoppers.org. Tips can also be sent by text message by writing "Text TIP 411" plus the message to CRIMES (274637).

All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential.

Sex offender fails to register, arrested

A sex offender wanted for not letting authorities know where he was living was arrested Friday on his 45th birthday.

Steven Raymond Wilson Jr. was featured Thursday in a Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers for failing to register as a sex offender, as is required by a past sex offense conviction.

Mike Blatman, the law enforcement coordinator for Crime Stoppers, said Wilson was arrested Friday afternoon after a tipster's call to Crime Stoppers.

Wilson, who also had three warrants out for his arrest, was convicted earlier this year of communication with a minor for immoral purposes.

He was released from custody June 25, but now is back in the Benton County jail.

Child starts fire at Grandview duplex

A child playing with a lighter is believed to have started a fire Thursday that damaged a Grandview duplex.

Grandview firefighters were called to the fire at 907 S. Division St. around 10:20 a.m.

When crews arrived, everyone had made it safely out of the duplex, but flames were seen shooting through a second floor bedroom window, officials said.

Crews entered the building and were able to extinguish the flames. Fire damage was limited to one side, but the second side sustained significant smoke and water damage, officials said.

Sunnyside and Prosser fire departments provided help at the fire scene.

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