Crime

Janitor helps bust late-night burglar inside Kennewick bank

A janitor at Bank of America got a surprise when he spotted a man opening cash drawers inside the bank in the middle of the night.

Police say Oscar Garcia III, 25, broke into the bank on 3420 W. Kennewick Ave. at 10:20 p.m. and went behind the counter.

He didn’t notice the person cleaning the office, Kennewick Sgt. Chris Littrell said in a news release.

The janitor ducked into a safe spot and called police.

Officers found Garcia, who was armed with a gun, still in the bank.

He was arrested and brought to the Benton County jail and booked on suspicion of first-degree burglary.

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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