On 2/22/2021, the East Wenatchee Police responded to a report of vehicle prowl in the 900 block of 11th Street NE. The victim’s purse had been stolen. The purse contained a credit card which had now been used at three businesses in East Wenatchee. The total amount for the items purchased with the stolen credit card was approximately $280. During their investigation, East Wenatchee Officers obtained video surveillance from two of the businesses where two different suspects were observed purchasing items with the stolen credit card. Images from these videos were placed on our social media.
On 2/26/2021, East Wenatchee Police Officers responded to a theft at the Buckle clothing store located inside of the Wenatchee Valley Mall. In this incident, a male suspect had walked out of the store with $720 worth of jeans. When store employees told the male to stop, he responded with “touch me and I’ll sue.” Employees followed the male to his vehicle and obtained photographs of the suspect vehicle before he departed.
On 2/27/2021, an East Wenatchee Police Officer was on an unrelated traffic stop in the Safeway parking lot when they observed the suspect vehicle involved in the Buckle theft. At this time, it had already been determined the individuals associated with this vehicle were also involved in thefts in Douglas County and the City of Wenatchee.
A female suspect involved in the credit card fraud from 2/22/2021 was seated in the suspect vehicle when officers made contact. The male suspect attempted to flee the area but was later located. The male suspect was identified using the video surveillance from 2/22/2021. He is also believed to be the male involved in the theft from the Buckle store.
The suspects were arrested without incident and vehicle was impounded until a search warrant could be obtained. On 03/1/2021, East Wenatchee Police Officers served a search warrant on the suspect vehicle. Evidence from 6 local cases and 2 out of the area vehicle prowls was located in the vehicle, along with drug paraphernalia to include syringes loaded with a liquid believed to be a narcotic drug. The suspects are believed to have ties to the Moses Lake area. This investigation is ongoing.