A Finley man is sitting in jail after police caught him red handed during a robbery at a Kennewick business early Monday morning.
UPDATE/KENNEWICK, WA - A Finley man is sitting in jail after police caught him red handed during a robbery at a Kennewick business early Monday morning.
The owner of Washington Surplus in Kennewick took matters into his own hands on Sunday after noticing some materials were missing.
Adam Soulek installed a video security camera on the back of the building overlooking some large containers that hold metal materials for high voltage equipment. He then went home and watched the surveillance video in real time hoping he would catch the burglar if he came back.
Around 1:20 a.m. he saw the bright lights of the thief's truck.The man goes back and forth loading the stolen metal into his truck.
Soulek said he was surprised to see the thief return and immediately called police.
"Isn't technology an amazing thing and to be able to have your sensors go off and see this burglary in progress at your business and then be able to call police and let them zero in there and apprehend somebody. It's excellent teamwork," said Sergeant Ken Lattin, Kennewick Police Department.
Police arrested Kyle Trapp of Finley on first degree theft charges. Trapp also had an outstanding felony warrant.
Police estimate he stole about $18,000 worth of metal including valuable copper.
Right now, police do not know if Trapp is connected to the other string of burglaries around Kennewick.
KENNEWICK, WA - A Finley man accused of 1st degree theft is booked in the Benton County Jail after Kennewick Police officers arrested him with $18,000 worth of stolen goods early Monday morning.
According to police, Kyle Trapp of Finley was attempting to take electrical equipment apart as officers arrived at Washington Surplus on 1425 E. 3rd Avenue in Kennewick just after 1:20 Monday morning. The owner of the store had recently been burglarized and installed a security system so he could watch over his business from home.
Trapp loaded $18,000 worth of metal materials into his vehicle before officers arrived. He faces 1st degree theft charges and had an outstanding Department of Corrections felony warrant to his name.
It is unknown whether Trapp is tied to any other burglaries in the Kennewick area but an investigation is underway.