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Man took $12,000 worth of tools and tried to sell them, deputies say. He’s been elusive

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The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs 2017 Crime in Washington Annual Report details crimes against persons, property and society statistics from agencies that serve about 92% of the state.
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The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs 2017 Crime in Washington Annual Report details crimes against persons, property and society statistics from agencies that serve about 92% of the state.

Investigators are hoping the public can help find a man who authorities say walked away from a construction company with $12,000 in high-end tools.

Richard E. Thomas, 41, allegedly left his job at Kennewick-based Badger Development with laser levels, a $6,000 pipe laser and other equipment sometime before the summer, said Lt. Erik Magnuson.

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Richard Edward Thomas

Company officials told deputies about the theft in July when Thomas allegedly began trying to sell them.

Police have been able to get back most of the items as Thomas has tried to sell them, they have not found Thomas.

Investigators forwarded the report to prosecutors and are asking for a nationwide warrant to be issued, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office said.

Thomas is believe to be in Leavenworth, and they are asking anyone with information to contact the sheriff’s office 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.
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