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Yakima Police hope to make more arrests for recent burglaries

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Yakima Police hope to make more arrests in a string of recent burglaries and robberies.

They think as many as six different people were working together on several burglaries in the downtown area.

Last week police arrested Travis Cliett, Stacey Melton and Adrian Samalia in connection with a robbery on December ninth at Chicago Junk, a junkyard on 3rd Avenue.  Officers say this likely isn't the group's first theft. They say there are about a dozen incidents like the one earlier this month. Police are expecting to arrest even more suspects in the coming days.

"Bottom line: we might not be able to make those charges all come together. But right now we think we've got a pretty good handle on who's involved. It's just a matter of time," says Lieutenant Mike Merryman of the Yakima Police Department.

Merryman says many of these thefts were at businesses whose back doors were left unlocked. He also says business owners with security cameras should check the angle and lighting so they have the best image possible.

Anyone with any information about these robberies is asked to call police.

We will continue to follow this story, and let you know if police make any more arrests.

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