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Kennewick Burglary Suspect Eludes Police After Wild Chase

Burglary suspect leads Kennewick police on brief but wild chase
Burglary suspect leads Kennewick police on brief but wild chase (KNDU-TV)

The suspect in a residential burglary was able to elude police, but only because they called off the chase due to his extremely dangerous driving.

After responding to a burglary call just before midnight Monday, Kennewick police  chased the suspect, but abandoned the chase after the driver began to  endanger other motorists.

About 11:55pm,  police were called to 3119 West 4th after neighbors reported seeing a truck parked in the driveway, and sound of breaking glass.  The not-so-bright suspect was then confronted by officers who saw the man attempting to load some tools he had stolen.  He then jumped in his truck and fled.

After refusing to stop near 4th. and Morain, the suspect – who had been driving about 35 mph – accelerated rapidly.  As the chase neared 7th and Highway 395,  the suspect began driving very recklessly and police called off the chase.   Several tools that fell out of the back of the truck were recovered, and a laptop computer that was at the home was also taken.

Authorities said the neighbors called police about the suspicious behavior because the home was being renovated and was vacant.  The suspect apparently cut through the lock on a storage shed, and broke a window to gain access through the home.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to call Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers at (509)-586-TIPS.   All calls are anonymous and can result in a cash reward if the information leads to the apprehension of a suspect.

Police are looking for a an older black Dodge 4×4 pickup.  Information about the description of the suspect was not released.

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