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Walmart Donates Computer to YPD Forensics

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YAKIMA, Wash.--The Yakima Police Department got a new computer from the Westside Walmart in Yakima on Tuesday.     
Until Tuesday they were forced to outsource their computer investigations which normally takes longer to return results.

The Walmart store on W. Nob Hill Blvd. in Yakima heard about the problem and decided they could help. So they donated the brand new computer.

YPD's computer forensics expert, Detective Doug Robinson says that with the new computer he will be better equipped to deal with virtual crimes ranging from forgery, to internet crimes against children.

"Typically, it ends up going to the state patrol crime lab or their forensics lab for computers, and they're back logged in from 6 months to a year," said Det. Robinson. "So it really helps a lot to have a forensic computer in house."

Walmart is also happy to make the donation.

"It's just really important to donate to our community and show them that we care, and show them that we're here to help them and also to help our local police department," said Jessica Boyle, the assistant manager of the Westside location.

YPD says that with the budget issues the city is facing, it can be tough to set aside funds for times like these.