PASCO - Three men suspected of stealing boat motors in Pasco are facing Feb. 16 trials after pleading innocent to attempted first-degree theft.
Cesar Alberto Chavez-Verdin, 23, and Jesus Garcia, 21, both of Pasco, and Alberto Alejandro Pulido, 18, of Los Angeles, entered pleas Tuesday in Franklin County Superior Court.
The men were arrested by Pasco police Nov. 19, after allegedly being caught stealing a boat motor at a Pasco home, police and court documents said.
Pasco police Capt. Jim Raymond said investigators believe the three might be connected to a series of boat motor thefts in the area.
More than two dozen boat motors have been swiped off of boats in the Tri-Cities this year, officials said.
Officers were called to a home on the 8600 block of Tottenham Court around 3 a.m., Nov. 19, after the homeowner confronted three men trying to steal his boat motor, documents said.
Officer Matt Nelson found a vehicle leaving the area, and when he stopped it, Chavez-Verdin threw two bolts out the window, documents said.
Chavez-Verdin was a passenger in the front seat. Garcia was driving, and Pulido was in the back seat.
Court documents state that an investigation revealed three suspects had been surprised after removing bolts attaching a Yamaha boat motor to a boat parked at the home.
The motor is estimated to be worth $5,500.
Garcia was positively identified by the homeowner, and the other two suspects matched descriptions he provided to police, documents said.
The bolts that had been tossed from the car also were identified as those missing from the boat.
Pulido and Garcia were not in custody Tuesday after each posted $2,500 bail. Judge Robert Swisher agreed to release Chavez-Verdin on his own recognizance because he had no prior felony history.