Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Richland Police Arrest Burglar Exiting Victim's Home

Arrested:  Venegas, Juan P.; 18 year of age male, Yakima address
Charge:  Residential Burglary


At about 8:45 AM today Richland police officers were advised of a 911 call involving a subject beating on the front door of a residence in the 1000 block of Pattyton Lane.  As officers were responding, the call was upgraded to a burglary in progress.  The 18 year old son of the homeowner was inside the house and said that a subject had now broken in and was in the process of stealing their possessions.

The first officer to arrive saw an SUV in the driveway that belonged to the suspect.  As he approached the front door a male, later identified as Venegas, came outside.  In his arms he was holding an X Box, a camera and several game controllers.  The suspect was confronted, dropped what he had been holding and fled back into the residence.  The officer chased the suspect through the house and out of the back door.

The suspect went through a number of back yards.  Officers set up containment and called for the assistance of a Benton County SO K-9 Unit.  The K-9 began tracking the suspect.  As he approached where the suspect was hiding, Venegas put his hands into the air and surrendered.  He was taken into custody without further incident.

The items Venegas had stolen were photographed and returned to the victim.  It appears as if Venegas may have observed the female homeowner leave and decided to burglarize the residence.  Entry was made by prying off a dog door on the exterior of the home.

Venegas was reportedly arrested for a similar crime in Chicago in March of this year.  Chicago PD has been contacted and we are awaiting information on any charges regarding their case.

Venegas was booked into the Benton County jail on charges of Residential Burglary.

Contact Cpt. Mike Cobb, 942-7362, for additional information.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Richland Police Adding Staff for Fireworks Calls

The Richland Police Department will be reassigning 10 officers to work fireworks related calls on July 4.  Problem areas have included large parking lots and the Richland parks system.  Officers will be focusing on education and enforcement of those individuals contacted possessing or discharging illegal fireworks.

Any firework that leaves the ground or shoots projectiles into the air are illegal (mortars and bottle rockets are the most common types that are used illegally).  Fireworks stands in the City of Richland sell varieties that are legal to discharge within the City limits.

The City of Richland slogan “If it flies, it doesn’t fly here” is a good rule of thumb to use when choosing to discharge any type of firework.  The fine for possession or discharge of illegal fireworks is $250.00.

Contact Cpt. Mike Cobb, 942-7362, for additional information.

Shoplift Suspect-Attempt to Identify. 14-12.

If you recognize this shoplift suspect please contact Ofc. Kane at 509-942-7636 (refer to 14-12).  You may remain anonymous. 

Shoplift Suspect-Attempt to ID. 14-11

If you recognize this shoplift suspect please contact Ofc. Kane at 509-942-7636 (refer to 14-11).  You may remain anonymous.  Picture of suspect and suspect vehicle.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Help RPD identify some of the suspects involved in recent crimes.

Richland PD has begun a program of posting suspect photographs/videos in the hopes of identifying some of the suspects involved in the crimes.  If you recognize any of the suspects pictured here please contact Community Services Officer Richard Kane at 509-942-7636. 

14-09:  Shoplift
14-08:  Commercial Burglary
14-10: Fraud/ID theft

14-03: Shoplift of Beer

14-04:  Fraud
14-08:  Video of Commercial Burglary


Richland Police Arrest Organized Retail Theft Ringleader

Arrested:  Cano, Fernando M.; 49 year of age male, Pasco resident
Charges:  Organized Retail Theft, Trafficking in Stolen Property 1st Degree, Possession of Stolen Firearm

Arrested:  Shaffer, Kaleb A.; 38 year of age male, Pasco resident
Charge:  Trafficking Stolen Property, felony warrants

Since April, 2014 the Richland Police Street Crimes Unit (SCU), assisted by detectives from the Metro Drug Task Force, have been investigating a series of retail thefts throughout the Tri-Cities.  The investigation led to the identification of Cano as a known “fence” for stolen property.  Information was received that Cano had stolen and sold 150-200 pair of men’s Levis jeans and had transported them to Mexico to be sold.  Cano had also arranged the theft of gas powered tools such as line trimmers and chain saws.

SCU investigators contacted employees of Fred Meyer (Kroger Corporation) who assisted in the acquisition of 20 pair of Levis jeans.  A detective from the Metro Drug Task Force assisted in setting up a sale of the merchandise to Cano at his home in Pasco for $200.  During the sale Cano asked if it would be possible to steal a Toro lawn mower, DeWalt reciprocating saw, and a pair of Chinook boots in size 9.  As the investigation progressed, Cano called and asked for Home Depot, Lowes, Fred Meyer and JC Penney gift cards.
Another controlled sale of jeans took place on June 25.  The Metro Drug Task Force assisted again in the transaction that included 21 pair of jeans.  During this sale Cano put the jeans into a shed and provided information on additional items he wanted the undercover personnel to steal.  JC Penney was identified as a source of some material but Cano warned the detectives to be careful due to the cameras in place to deter theft.

On June 26 officer served a search warrant at Cano’s home in Pasco.  Metro Drug Task Force detectives and Pasco PD personnel assisted Richland’s SCU (and RPD detective section) in the service of the warrant.   Cano and Shaffer were contacted inside a car in the alley near Cano’s home.  Shaffer stated that he was at the home to sell a jack that had been stolen earlier in the day from an auto parts store in Pasco and a DeWalt drill stolen from the Richland Home Depot.  He was taken into custody by Pasco PD.

Inside the home and shed located on the property were 136 pair of jeans, numerous pairs of new shoes, 3 lawn mowers, 4 line trimmers, 2 chain saws, 2 leaf blowers, Kobalt hand tools, 2 pressure washers, hedge trimmer, numerous Washington EBT cards, stolen gift cards, and a firearm stolen in a 2008 Richland case.  Over $40,000 in cash was scattered throughout the house.  Stolen property has an estimated value of over $20,000.

This case is part of a continuing retail theft and fraud investigation.  Members of Kroger Corporation (to include Fred Meyer and QFC) played a significant role in the apprehension of this individual and continue to be partners in combatting organized retail theft.
For additional information contact Capt. Mike Cobb, 942-7362.

Friday, June 13, 2014

California Murder Suspect Arrested in Richland

The information below (updated this morning) was released by the Madera County  Sheriff's Office.

Madera County – Sheriff John Anderson this afternoon announced Adrian Joseph Reyes, wanted for attempted murder, is behind bars -- captured shortly after 10 AM June 12 in Richland, WA. 

The Madera County Sheriff’s Office had been searching for the 29-year old Ahwahnee man following a violent attack on another man in Coarsegold in April.

Both Reyes and 20-year old Robert Lee Huber, of Oakhurst, were both wanted for robbing a man, beating him, and then shooting him during the early morning hours of April 2. 

Huber was captured last month by Metro Police in Las Vegas. He was extradited to Madera on May 28 and promptly booked into Madera County Department of Corrections, where he remains on a no-bail hold. 

As for Reyes, a tip to Crime Stoppers in Washington, led to his arrest. Because the fugitive was considered armed and dangerous, several law enforcement agencies were called in to assist in his apprehension. 


At round 4 pm June 11, the Kennewick Police Department, which also coordinates the regional Crime Stoppers Tip line for that part of Washington State, received a tip that Reyes could be found hiding in a house located on Davenport Street in Richland. 

Kennewick Police immediately notified Richland Police, who in turn coordinated with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. 

Recognizing the danger that Reyes possibly posed, the agencies worked together to quickly organize a multi-agency team to carry out the operation. 

Teams involved in his apprehension included: Fugitive Task Force Officers with the US Marshals Service, Richland PD’s Street Crimes Unit and Field Operations staff, Benton County Sheriff's Office, Kennewick Police, and the Tri-City Regional SWAT Team. 

Shortly before 10 AM June 12, Reyes was spotted leaving the house on Davenport Street. He then got into his car and drove off. When Officers tried to pull him over, he took off at a high rate of speed, then pulled into the parking lot of nearby Fran Rish Stadium.  Reyes ditched the car, and led officers on a foot chase through the parking lot, then through a commercial district in the city, where the chase finally ended when he, quite literally, ran straight into the arms of officers.   

Reyes was taken into custody without incident and transported to Benton County jail where he was booked for felony eluding and obstruction. He remains jailed awaiting extradition to Madera County on murder charges. 

Meantime, Sheriff John Anderson commended the excellent work of all sworn personnel involved.  And, he also credits Crime Stoppers for helping to clear this case.

With the advent of social media, he says, “Let this arrest be a warning to all fugitives:  you can run, but you can no longer hide.”
Erica Stuart, Madera County Sheriff's Office public Information Officer provided the body of the information quoted above. Her office number is 559-675-7976.
For additional information, contact Cpt. Mike Cobb, 509-942-7362.