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Walmart shoplifter leads police to major bust at nearby Kennewick home

KENNEWICK, Wash. - A misdemeanor shoplifting incident at Walmart led to five separate arrests at one Kennewick home Monday afternoon. 

Officers got a call about a theft from the store at South Quillan Street and West 27th Avenue around 1:30 p.m. 

Loss prevention officers provided the police with a description of the alleged shoplifter and his license plate number. They learned that the car was registered under an address in the 2100 block of W. 19th Ave. in Kennewick, about a five to 10-minute drive the store.

Police witnessed the car pull up to the home, and saw two men get out and run inside. 

They recognized one of the men as 32-year-old Shane Gillespie. Officers surrounded the home and started calling Gillespie out of the residence. Eventually, he gave himself up on his own accord. 

The second man was identified as 27-year-old Jedidiah Guilliam, who had a warrant for his arrest. 

During the investigation, police obtained a search warrant for the home arrested Guilliam, Brandin Chafin, 30, and Cooper Bricker, 31. All of them came out one-by-one and were arrested on multiple warrants, police said. 

Officers learned that a fifth person, 29-year-old Jacob Baumgartner, was inside the house refusing to come out. He had a felony Department of Corrections warrant for his arrest.

After making multiple attempts to call him out of the home, police entered the home with a K-9 and found Baumgartner hiding the attic. He had buried himself in the insulation. 

Baumgartner fell through the ceiling as officers were trying to apprehend him. He was taken into custody and put into a prisoner transport van with the rest. 

All five men were booked at the Benton County Jail. 

The stolen property was returned to Walmart. 

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