COLLEGE PLACE, Washington – While the suspects involved in two recent residential burglaries are still on the loose, police hope that won’t be the case much longer.
In the early morning hours of Jan. 8 and again on Jan. 12, the College Place Police Department says burglars targeted the same residence located near 12th and Bade streets. With the first incident, the suspects entered an unlocked door to the garage. In both incidents, the homeowners were at the residence at the time of the burglaries.
A security camera captured the suspects calmly entering and looking through the garage.
“We’re following up on several tips and we do have a couple people of interest,” said College Place Police Chief Troy Tomaras. “These kinds of crimes are concerning. Occupied burglaries are generally conducted by desperate individuals who have escalated attempts to steal your property.”
Tomaras said that the surveillance video shows how relaxed the burglars were while in the garage. The department wants homeowners to be aware of the incidents and to remind residents to lock doors, increase lighting and look out for neighbors. Several car prowls have occurred during the same period and are believed to be connected. The suspects stole camping gear, miscellaneous tools and a wooden rocking horse.
People with information or who may know the identity of the suspects are asked to call Det. Brian Fortin at the College Place Police Department at (509) 394-8550.