Kennewick An off-duty Kennewick police officer helped catch five Wenatchee-area teens suspected of burglarizing Kennewick homes earlier in the day.
At 1 p.m. Saturday, Kennewick police responded to reports of home burglaries on the 7000 block of West Sixth Avenue and the 7200 block of West 13th Avenue, said police.
Witnesses told police they’d seen several young males running from the Sixth Avenue home and gave police a vehicle description. Many electronic items were taken from the homes.
Police identified the vehicle as a 1987 Volkswagen Jetta reported stolen in a burglary in Moses Lake.
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At 6:15 p.m., Kennewick Police Cpl. Glenn Ball was driving home in his car after work when he saw the Jetta on 10th Avenue near Edison Street, police said.
Ball called on-duty patrol officers. The officers, with the help of Washington State Patrol, Benton County Sheriff’s deputies and Richland police, stopped the suspect car on a gravel road near the intersection of 10th Avenue and Hildebrand Road.
They arrested five teens on suspicion of residential burglary and possession of stolen property.
Police later searched the car and a room at the Guesthouse Suites Motel in Kennewick, where they reported finding items stolen in the burglaries.
Those arrested include Phillip Q. Green, 18, Antonio A. Mondragon, 18, Cameron C. Gordon, 18, Micah W. Nelson, 19, and a 17-year-old male, all of Wenatchee.
The adults were booked into the Benton County jail. The juvenile was taken to the Juvenile Justice Center in Kennewick.
“The Kennewick Police Department would like to credit the officers, detectives and most importantly the citizens who helped bring these burglaries to a close,” the release said.
“On or off duty, Kennewick police officers continue to be committed to our community safety,” said Kennewick Officer Tony Valdez.