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Prowler Arrested in Kennewick's Southridge Area Early Tuesday

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Kennewick Police arrested a car prowler early Tuesday in a new home construction area in Southridge. Kennewick Police arrested a car prowler early Tuesday in a new home construction area in Southridge.
KENNEWICK, WA - Kennewick Police arrested a car prowler early Tuesday in a new home construction area in Southridge. 

An officer on patrol found an unoccupied pickup truck that looked suspicious. Officer Riley noted the description and license plate number. Kennewick Police say they have had an increase in burglaries in that area lately.

About an hour later, at around 3:30 a.m., Officer Riley noticed the same truck leaving the area at the intersection of 32nd St. Dawes.

Officer Riley, arrested the driver, Jeffrey French for outstanding warrants and driving with a suspended license. 

In a search, officer Riley found pills and mail that did not belong to French and a couple keys from construction vehicles. He was arrested additionally for the vehicle prowls


"Unbeknownst to him the officer was waiting because he recognized this truck didn't look right and that's all we ask of our officers, of the citizens. If something doesn't look right, it probably isn't right; pay a little extra attention to it. If you're a citizen call 911. If you're an officer, do your due diligence and see who is driving that vehicle," said Sgt. Ken Lattin of the Kennewick Police Department.

Kennewick Police said in a news release, "This is an excellent example of good police work that can occur when officers have the opportunity to conduct directed patrol in areas that are known to have property crimes occurring."


Police tell NBC Right Now that each of the cars broken into were unlocked. They say often times prowlers are lazy and check car doors until they find a way in.

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