Pasco man allegedly steals semi-tractor after owner leaves keys inside

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PASCO, Wash. — A Pasco man is suspected of stealing a semi-tractor from a vacant lot earlier this month.

The owner of the semi parked it in a lot near 11th Avenue and A Street before Dec. 18. The lot is owned by the BNSF Railway Company, which has its own security division that monitors vehicles parked near the train tracks.

On Dec. 18, a security agent contacted Armando Deluna-Avila, a Pasco resident who was living inside the semi, police said. Deluna-Avila had the keys in his possession, which were reportedly left inside by the owner.

The agent took photos of Deluna-Avila and contacted the owner of the semi. The owner came to check on his truck and found that the keys were gone and someone had urinated inside the cab, but no one was inside.

Then on Dec. 20, the owner returned to move the semi, found that it’d been stolen and contacted police.

The next day, Kennewick police officers found and arrested Deluna-Avila with the stolen truck and the keys. He was booked into jail on suspicion of possession of stolen property.

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