Former Mayor Arrested Thursday Now in Jail
UPDATE----The former Yakima Mayor Avina Gutierrez is in jail Today after being arrested on a warrant on Thursday afternoon. Gutierrez was booked into the Yakima County jail on Thursday afternoon. It's not known where she was arrested. She was booked into the jail on charges of residential burglary and first degree theft.
On Thursday morning the Yakima County Prosecutors Office issued an arrest warrant for the former Mayor. Prosecutor Joe Brusic charged Gutierrez with residential burglary and first-degree theft after she allegedly took items from her mother's Yakima home earlier this month. According to documents obtained through a public information request to the city of Yakima, police say she stole items worth more than $30,000. The documents say that on October 1 a witness watched Avina Gutierrez load a large truck with items from her mothers' home in the 1400 block of 31st Avenue. The items included art, drawings, photos and other valuables.
Avina Gutierrez, a former Yakima City Council member and mayor is now living on the west side of the state. Police are searching for her Today. Avina Gutierrez was first elected to the city council in 2015 and served a two year term. She lost in a reelection bid to Jason White.