18-year-old allegedly stole over $300K in cash from Yakima area home

18-year-old allegedly stole over $300K in cash from Yakima area home

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. — An 18-year-old Union Gap man allegedly broke into a home outside Yakima and stole $322,000 from a safe.

Deputies said the victim called the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 13 to report that someone broke into his home on Shadbolt Lane, damaged his safe that was in the basement and stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash from it.

The burglary occurred between Nov. 8 and 10.

He said he believed his housekeeper’s son, 18-year-old Saul Gonzalez, was the culprit because the suspect knew he stored cash in the safe.

Gonzalez had already been arrested once for stealing from the victim’s home on a separate occasion in June 2019, according to a probable cause affidavit.

On Nov. 18, the victim went to his housekeeper’s home on South Eighth Avenue in Union Gap and confronted her about her son’s alleged crime. The housekeeper let him inside her home, and they both searched Gonalez’ bedroom while he was not home.

They discovered a blue backpack full of cash and evidence that the bag belonged to the suspect, the affidavit said.

Deputies said the victim took the bag to the sheriff’s office. Deputies arrested Gonzalez at his home a short time later.

Gonzalez told detectives during an interview that he broke into the basement through a small window, used a “chopping tool” to bust open the safe and took the money. He also identified the blue bag as his.

Gonzalez was booked at the Yakima County Jail on requested charges for the burglary and possession of stolen property.