Richland police searching for suspect in Red Lion burglaries

A man broke into a series of Red Lion Hotel rooms during the night and then ran from officers.

Officers arrived at the George Washington Way business before 10 a.m. after people found their rooms opened and items missing, said Sgt. Drew Florence.

Some of the rooms were occupied at the time of the burglary.

As they were investigating, a witness pointed out a man, who ran from officers. They surrounded the area, and with the help of a Benton County police dog tried tracking the man.

After an hour of searching, they weren’t able to find the man.

Police believe the man headed north from the area. He is 6-feet, and 200 pounds and was last seen wearing white shorts.

Anyone with information is asked to call Richland police at 509-628-0333.

Cameron Probert covers breaking news and education for the Tri-City Herald, where he tries to answer readers’ questions about why police officers and firefighters are in your neighborhood. He studied communications at Washington State University.