If the new crime laws had not  been passed by the legislature and gone into effect in July, we wouldn't be reporting this story this way.

Pasco Police are seeking this suspect after an botched theft attempt at the Pasco Walmart last  Thursday.


The suspect, described as a light-skinned adult Black male, wearing  black ballcap and grey or dark hoodie. Loss prevention officers and police said the man cut the security tag off of one large tool, picked up two other power tools, and placed them all in store bags then headed out.

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However, upon being confronted by the Loss Prevention officer, he dropped his treasure and fled to a vehicle (pictured) which was said to be a 2000-2003 Nissan Maxima, silver in color with a temporary license taped in the upper rear window.

Officer Buckley pursued the suspect, but the driver refused to pull over. Due to the new probable cause laws, Police were forced to terminate the chase.

However, because the suspect brought tools with him into the store for the purpose of cutting off the security tags, he upped his theft to a felony.

As for the Help Wanted signs posted, that's for job applicants, not customers to help themselves to free merchandise.

Anyone who may know who this is, you're urged to call (509)-638-0333. All leads can be confidential.

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