Woman Arrested For Stealing From A West Richland House That Suffered A Fire
WEST RICHLAND, Wash. - A family was victimized twice, once by fire now by thieves.
West Richland Police had received tips that people were stealing from the vacant house.
The home, located on Flat Top Hill in West Richland suffered serious damage in the fire that happened in late October.
53-year-old Debra Petross was arrested Wednesday night after police said she was driving a van with the stolen property in it.
The family is not living at the house because of all the damage from the fire.
West Richland Police Chief Layne Erdman said, "They're dealing with their insurance company to try and recoup their life. Then we have suspects out there that are burglarizing and stealing from someone that's already been victimized twice. You can't get much lower that when you commit a crime."
Police said they have 6,100 dollars worth of stolen property that was found in the van and in a storage unit in Richland.
Police said they are searching for a man they say is also involved in the scheme. They said there is still thousands of dollars of stolen items missing.