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Man Admits to Burglarizing Benton City Home Where Deputies Found Man Dead Tuesday

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28-year-old Craig Nunamaker allegedly stole from inside a travel trailer in Benton City where deputies found a man dead Tuesday evening. 28-year-old Craig Nunamaker allegedly stole from inside a travel trailer in Benton City where deputies found a man dead Tuesday evening.

BENTON COUNTY, WA - A West Richland man is still sitting in the Benton County Jail after deputies arrested him for residential burglary.

28-year-old Craig Nunamaker allegedly stole from inside a travel trailer in Benton City where deputies found a man dead Tuesday evening.

According to court documents, this is not Nunmaker's first encounter with police.

Nunamaker has three felonies on his record including one for second degree theft in 2004.

Two years later he faced 2nd degree burglary charges and then charges for trafficking stolen property in 2011. 

Right now he is being held for residential burglary but has not been charged yet.

Court documents show he admitted to going into 52-year-old Leslie Young's home in Benton City Tuesday around 1:00 a.m. and stealing a flat screen TV, a DVD player and a wallet.

He told police he did this without Young's knowledge or permission. 

Later that day Young's family found him dead.

"That death investigation is related but is legally separate and that's going to be pending and the Sheriff's Office is working on that right now....They were discovered at the same time. Leslie's sad death and the evidence, the burglary were discovered at the same time so the investigation overlaps," Andy Miller, Benton County Prosecutor said. 

An autopsy to determine Young's cause of death is scheduled for Friday morning.

Prosecutor Miller has until 5 p.m. tomorrow to file residential burglary charges.

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