3 arrested on theft, gun charges in elementary school parking lot

3 arrested on theft, gun charges in elementary school parking lot

Three people were arrested near Yakima Monday morning in connection to stealing from a construction business and illegal possession of firearms, though their identities have not been released.

The subjects allegedly stole several tools out of a man’s work truck used for his construction business, according to a pair of the victim’s employees who witnessed the incident. They fled the scene in a dark colored BMW at about 8:30 a.m. and the witnesses followed.

They informed Yakima County Sheriff’s deputies of the BMW’s location and direction of travel, adding that the suspects abandoned the stolen property while driving away on Wide Hollow Road toward Yakima.

A deputy spotted the BMW at 96th Avenue, flashed his emergency lights and pulled the suspect vehicle over.

Two of the suspects, a 21-year-old man and 18-year-old woman from Moxee, came to a stop in the Cottonwood Elementary parking lot as kids were being dropped off for school. A third suspect, a 21-year-old Yakima man, was located on foot nearby.

Authorities tried to inform the school so it could go into lockdown, but it may not have been completely successful because many students were in the process of being dropped off, according to a news release.

As the suspects in the car were being arrested, police found two pistols. All three were booked into Yakima County Jail for theft and firearms violations.