Busted Pasco car prowler (PPD)

An unnamed 28-year-old Richland man is behind bars in the Franklin County jail after being nailed in part by a digital car alarm.

an Officer was close by, and following the 911 call he got there so fast the perp was still inside their SUV.

WHAT TIPPED OFF THE VEHICLE OWNER?

Late Monday night, just prior to midnight, some residents in the 700 block of West Brown street got an alert on their phones that one of the doors on their SUV had just been opened. The location is in East Pasco.

Peering outside, they saw the suspect rummaging around inside their vehicle. It just so happened an Officer was close by, and following the 911 call he got there so fast the perp was still inside their SUV.

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Despite the new legislative laws, the Officer was able to immediately cuff and jail the suspect because finding him inside made for probable cause. The perp is now facing second-degree car prowl charges.

It also happens that the same suspect was popped last month by two other officers for vandalism after he was seen spraying graffiti on a wall.

Police remind people if they can, the newer digital alarms that can alert people to activity in their vehicle without alerting the perp are useful, and make sure you never store anything of value inside.

With winter approaching, the number of thefts are likely to increase from vehicles, construction sites and yes, catalytic converter thefts.

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