Kennewick detectives arrest thief who stole ATV worth more than $45,000

Local police officers drove to Vancouver, WA to arrest the suspect. They have yet to recover the ATV.
Image credit: Kennewick Police Department, Facebook

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Criminals go to extraordinary measures to achieve their goals, but so do police detectives. Kennewick Police announced the arrest of a 44-year-old woman who used a fake ID and fraudulent means to purchase an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) valued at tens of thousands of dollars.

According to a Facebook post by the Kennewick Police Department, suspect Michelle Kennedy entered a business on the 3300 block of W 19th Ave on April 6, 2021 around 3:00 p.m. looking to “purchase” an ATV. Officials say that she used a false ID and fraudulent means to make the initial “purchase” of a Can-Am ATV valued at about $45,700.

The ATV was transported away from the store by a white pickup truck that was hooked to a trailer, but the payment never cleared. Therefore, the business called local authorities and provided pictures of the female, suspect vehicle, and stolen vehicle for KPD Criminal Investigation Detectives. Those pictures were also sent to other businesses in the region.

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Just days later, the suspect was recognized attempting to purchase an RV at a store in Vancouver; just north of Portland. Local police were called to the store, but Kennedy had already fled the area.

However, Vancouver PD investigators were able to locate the suspect and her pickup truck in the area and her identity was confirmed. She was booked into jail in Vancouver before posting bail; immediately looking to recover her truck from Vancouver police custody, but local law enforcement discovered that the truck itself was reported stolen.

Kennedy attempted to recover her “property” from the Vancouver Police on April 29, but was greeted by two KPD Detectives who drove down to Vancouver to arrest her for her crimes. The Kennewick officers arrested her for auto theft and identity theft to the first degree. She was booked into the Benton County Jail, but did not disclose the whereabouts of the stolen ATV.

KPD officers ask that anyone with information that may assist in this case reach out and cite Case No. 21-12676.


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