Manhunt leads to burglary arrest in Walla Walla
WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Walla Walla police arrested a man for burglary on Friday after he allegedly stole a pickup, then attempted to get away on foot.
Police say Brandin Rencken, 25, was caught him inside a home in 700 block of School Avenue around 7 a.m. About thirty minutes later, officers were called for a report of a stolen vehicle about a block away on Pleasant Street.
A manhunt led Walla Walla High School and Prospect Point Elementary to operate under “secure building procedures” as a precaution, the Walla Walla School District said.
Officers eventually found the stolen vehicle abandoned and determined that the suspect had fled on foot near South Wilbur Road and Reser Road. A K-9 unit was deployed to help officers track down the suspect.
Rencken was taken into custody just after 9:30 a.m. He’s been booked at the Walla Walla County Jail on charges of residential burglary and theft of a motor vehicle.
An investigation may result in additional charges.