After String of Car Prowls, Kennewick Police Remind Drivers to Lock Up
KENNEWICK, Wash. - Kennewick Police are looking for three 14-year-olds in connection with car prowling.
Over the weekend, officers say they recovered stolen property from a car prowl, and arrested three of the six teens involved with the theft.
Police don't know if the teens were involved with a string of car prowls reported over the weekend, but officers say it's still a good reminder for drivers to lock up their cars and valuables.
Police say the first of several car break-ins this weekend happened at the Columbia Center Mall Parking Lot. The car owner told officers someone punched the lock on her car door, and stole an urn inside that contained her mother's ashes.
Police say in the second incident, someone went into an unlocked car on the 2000 block of W Grand Ronde, and stole a Motorola bluetooth, a cell phone charger, a Garmin GPS and an Ignition Interlock device.
Officers say another car owner on the 100 block of W 3rd Avenue heard a suspicious noise on Friday morning and turned on his car alarm. Later, he told Police he found that someone had broken into his unlocked car and stolen his bluetooth. Officers say next door, the man's neighbors had also fallen victim to car prowling.
Police say someone broke into two unlocked cars at the neighbor's house, tried to remove the car stereo and damaged the dash in one car, and stole a cell phone charger and baseball gear out of the second. Officers say the suspects must have been scared off by the car alarm however, because they left behind a pair of shoes and a long board.
Police say thieves broke into another unlocked car near 2nd and Benton, and stole a handgun, a Garmin GPS and a radio.
On Sunday, officers say suspects smashed the window of a car in the Columbia Center Mall to steal an iPad.
Police say these incidents are a good reminder for car owners to always lock your car and keep your valuables out of sight. Officers say most thieves look for unlocked cars that are easy targets but if something looks valuable, they will break in. Police also want to remind you never to leave firearms unattended in a vehicle at night.