Crime

Kennewick police arrest 3 suspected in theft ring

KENNEWICK — A suspect who apparently cut himself while breaking into a Kennewick coffee stand helped lead investigators working on seven commercial burglary cases, police said.

Three suspects were arrested by Kennewick police in connection with five break-ins in Kennewick and two in Pasco since Dec. 23, said Kennewick police Sgt. Ken Lattin.

Brandon Farrell, 18, and Shad Harrison, 22, both of Pasco, were booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of seven counts of second-degree burglary.

The third suspect, Gavin Jones, 18, of Kennewick, was jailed for two counts of second-degree burglary.

"This is just commonly what we see when we have a stretch of burglaries," Lattin said. "We always know when we have the same people (involved), it's just a matter of catching them."

The burglary suspects are accused of stealing cash from the businesses they hit -- they allegedly took the entire cash register in one of the break-ins.

The suspects are accused of breaking into the Humane Society on Dec. 23, Lonardo Bakery on Dec. 27, MoJo's Caffeine Express and the Knutzen’s Meats, both in Pasco, on Dec. 29, and Vinh's Appliance and the Daily Grind Coffee Shop on Jan. 3.

They also are suspected of trying to use a sharp object to cut the glass by the window latch at the Mean Bean Espresso stand Dec. 30.

Kennewick detectives investigating the burglary at the Daily Grind Coffee Shop on Tuesday found the window was broken and saw blood on the ground, Lattin said.

Later in the day they learned Farrell was at Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco being treated for cuts and managed to link him and his two accomplices to the break-ins, Lattin said.

"Credit needs to be given to the relentless criminal investigative work by the patrol officers and detectives to hold these burglars accountable for their actions," said Kennewick Police Chief Ken Hohenberg.

* Paula Horton: 509-582-1556; phorton@tricityherald.com

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