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Burglars Have Home Burglarized

Posted: September 26, 2007 4:30 p.m.

KENNEWICK, Wash.--A woman living in the Loft Apartments complex on West Entiat in Kennewick had her home burglarized Tuesday afternoon.

She came home and saw her front window was broken. The suspect, 24-year-old Robert Martin, was still inside. As the woman made her way to the door, Martin ran outside to a waiting vehicle, driven by his wife, 29-year-old Keree Martin.

Turns out (Robert) Martin left his backpack, containing his address, inside the woman's apartment. Police later arrested the couple at their home at 6817 West Kennewick avenue, apartment #1. That's where the twist comes in.

"A neighbor sees them being loaded into the police car and finds that, obviously, their going to jail and seizes that opportunity later in the night to actually burglarize them," says Kennewick police Sgt. Scott Child.

That neighbor was 38-year-old Michael LeMaster who lives in apartment #4, just a few doors away. Around 3:30 a.m. LeMaster and his friend, 34-year-old Eudoro Mendoza decided to break into the Martin's home.

Neighbors called police and they arrested LeMaster and Mendoza for burglarizing suspected burglars.

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