Repeat burglar at Walmart in Kennewick faces felony charge, per KPD

Kennewick

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Walmart banned a Kennewick man from all its locations in the Tri-Cities area for repeated attempts at shoplifting and burglary. When he returned to steal again in spite of their warnings, the man was arrested on an upgraded felony charge.

According to the Kennewick Police Department, officers were dispatched to the superstore at 2720 S Quillan St around 2:15 p.m. on July 31. They learned from an Asset Protection employee that the 25-year-old Kennewick man has repeatedly trespassed at the store after being told he could not return.

Officers then found that he has an outstanding warrant for his arrest in an unrelated case. He was accused of trying to conceal products and steal them from Walmart once again.

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“Because the male had previously been trespassed and was now committing another crime (theft) within the location, the original trespass incident is upgraded to Burglary 2nd degree, a Class-B felony,” Kennewick Police stated.

Officers say they arrived when the suspect tried escaping Walmart with stolen goods using a fire exit. He allegedly attempted to flee on foot across U.S. 395 when officers stopped him and brought him into custody at a nearby parking lot.

The subject was booked into the Benton County Jail for second-degree Burglary and another misdemeanor warrant. Further charges may be assessed if Kennewick investigators uncover new details.

It was a busy weekend for the KPD with more than 700 calls for service between Friday and Sunday.

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