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Richland man arrested for stealing construction tools

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RICHLAND, Wash.—A man is arrested after police say he stole tens of thousands of dollars worth of tools from several construction sites in the area.

Richland Police say 38-year-old Chad Quigley of Richland stole more than $60,000 worth of tools from four different construction sites in Richland and in Kennewick.

Police began investigating Thursday after a trailer used to store tools on the 2500 block of Columbia Center Blvd. was found open.  A witness identified Quigley as the suspect.  He is charged with at least three counts of first degree theft.

"A lot of times when a development opens up or several new housing sites go in one next to the other, you'll see a target rich environment so people will come out and hit two or three all at once," says Captain Mike Cobb, Richland Police Department.

Captain Cobb says in each case the area was locked up, and the contractors could not have done anything different.  He says if you see someone walking around construction sites during off hours to call police.

Police also say there have been other cases in Richland and in Kennewick, and they're now investigating whether or not they're related.