One of four suspected burglars was reportedly wearing headphones stolen during a break-in at a Kennewick business when caught early Tuesday.
Police were called at 4 a.m. to Radio Shack, 135 N. Ely St., after an employee at a nearby business said he watched several males running away from the store carrying boxes, said Mike Blatman, Kennewick police spokesman.
One of the suspects dropped an item, which was a price/security tag from property taken from the store, he said.
When officers arrived on scene, they found the front door to Radio Shack had been shattered.
Police surrounded the area and called out a K-9 unit to try to track the suspects.
The police dog was headed toward 3400 W. First Place when officers got a call about four males hiding in the stairwell at that address, Blatman said.
Three teens and a 19-year-old man were found in the area.
One suspect was wearing a set of Dr. Dre headphones with the security cord still attached, Blatman said.
Estaban A. Vega, 19, was arrested and booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of burglary and possession of stolen property.
The three 16-year-old boys were taken to juvenile detention on suspicion of burglary.
Authorities, Crime Stoppers seek tractor theft suspects
Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers and Benton County sheriff's deputies are seeking the public's help in identifying two suspects who stole a tractor from a Prosser-area farm.
The John Deere tractor was swiped early June 5 from Wycoff Farms at 160602 W. Evans Road. The suspects apparently drove the tractor out of the area on a trailer around 2:20 a.m. but then abandoned it a short distance away, authorities said.
Images of the suspects were released in a Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers wanted bulletin Tuesday. The picture quality is poor, but officials say they hope someone will still recognize the suspects.
The picture can be found at tricitiescrimestoppers.org, then click on the link for "Crime of the Week."
Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers pays a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that results in a felony arrest.
Anyone with information about the suspects can call 586-8477 or go to www.tricitiescrimestoppers.org. Tips also can be sent by text message by writing "Text TIP 411" plus the message to CRIMES (274637).
All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential.
Umatilla woman arrested in rash of Hermiston burglaries
A 21-year-old Umatilla woman was arrested in connection with several daytime burglaries in the Hermiston area.
Carol C. Mendoza is accused of breaking into a home in the 500 block of West Ridgeway Avenue on June 7. Officials say she's also suspected of being involved in a burglary in the 700 block of West Tamarack Avenue in early December.
Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston said investigators don't believe Mendoza was acting alone, but they don't have enough evidence to implicate anyone else.
"We also believe Ms. Mendoza and her accomplice may be responsible for several other unsolved daylight burglaries we have experienced," Edmiston said.
Mendoza was booked into the Umatilla County jail on suspicion of first-degree burglary, attempted first-degree burglary and third-degree criminal mischief.
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