Arrest leads police to stolen property in West Richland

The arrest of a suspect in several break-ins around the Richland area led police to a large amount of stolen property.

Witnesses saw Jeremy W. Pitman, 33, going through someone’s home on the 1600 block of Butternut Avenue on Tuesday, said a news release.

When officers arrived, they found the home had been broken into and Pitman, a transient, was allegedly hiding in the basement, police said.

Police then checked a home on North 46th Avenue in West Richland, where it was believed stolen guns were being stored.

Police and members of the Tri-City Regional SWAT Team searched the home Wednesday morning and found suspected stolen property. The items included electronics, wire, yard equipment and hand tools, police said. No guns were found.

Jereme Moore, 34, of West Richland, was inside the home and was arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property.

Pitman and Moore were booked into the Benton County jail.