KENNEWICK -- A 25-year-old man was busted for allegedly amassing stolen driver's licenses, vehicle titles, Social Security cards and checks after a Kennewick resident watched someone take mail from their mailbox.
The witness was able to identify the suspect's vehicle, which led police to the Kennewick home of Dale Thomas LaGrande.
LaGrande is the registered owner of the vehicle seen in the reported mail theft May 10.
Wednesday, he pleaded innocent in Benton County Superior Court to two counts each of second-degree possessing stolen property and unlawful possession of payment instruments.
LaGrande's trial is scheduled for July 9.
Kennewick officers got a warrant to search LaGrande's North Arthur Street home after the eyewitness tip. LaGrande was home at the time, court documents said.
Inside the house, police found mail that had been taken from the witness's mailbox, along with numerous items taken from earlier burglaries, vehicle prowls and even a robbery, documents said.
Those items included driver's licenses, vehicle titles, Social Security cards and other personal documents, as well as a Bank of America credit card and debit card and blank checks.
Twelve blank checks belonged to one man, while another man was the owner of two checkbooks with a total of 26 checks, court documents said. Those men did not give LaGrande permission to have or use their checks, documents said.
Police reported that LaGrande admitted to possessing the items and to knowing that they were stolen.
* Kristin M. Kraemer: 509-582-1531; firstname.lastname@example.org