Couple arrested out of Walla Walla for possession of stolen property
WALLA WALLA, Wash. — The Walla Walla Police Department announced the arrest of a supposed couple in their early-30s for burglary on Thursday morning.
According to the release, officers were dispatched to 351 E Rose St — The construction site of the new Lodge Apartments being built — around 4:50 a.m. on Tuesday, February 2.
After searching the area, officers found a suspect inside the fencing of the construction area and detained him for questioning. The suspect claimed that his wife dropped him off nearby.
Officers searches once again, finding an unoccupied green minivan that was registered to the suspect, a 31-year-old from Puyallup, Washington named Luke Darwin Tillman. There was a flatbed trailer attached to the vehicle that Walla Walla police officers discovered was reported stolen out of Kennewick after running the trailer plate number.
Tillman provided a phone number for the officers to contact his wife, a 32-year-old Tacoma woman named Amanda Marie Battles. She described a different vehicle than the one officers had located in-person, leading authorities to believe she was lying.
Battles was allegedly discovered hiding on the top floor of a nearby apartment complex. Shortly after being discovered, Battles was arrested and joined her accomplice in WWPD custody.
Probable cause charges were submitted for both Tillman and Battles for Burglary in the second degree and possession of the stolen property to the second degree. It was also announced that the duo is facing charges for the possession of drug paraphernalia as well.
Authorities say that Tillman and Battles are both being lodged at the Walla Walla County jail.
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