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Stolen S'side pickup leads deputies to two arrests

PROSSER - Two Grandview teens were arrested following an investigation into a report of a pickup truck found in an irrigation canal. The truck was found Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the canal west of Prosser near Hicks and Apricot roads.

Benton County Sheriff's Deputies found a 1992 Ford pickup abandoned in more than 12 inches of water in the canal. The vehicle's engine was still running, according to Capt. Charles Kissler of the Benton County Sheriff's office.

The vehicle had been reported stolen from Sunnyside the day before.

While checking the area, sheriff's deputies received a call that a burglary had occurred in the 10,000 block of North Hicks Road. Residents of the home had returned home to find that their front door had been kicked in and jewelry, DVDs, video games and personal electronics had been taken, according to Kissler.

Deputies were able to identify a 15-year-old Grandview boy, who lives on Hicks Road, and a 19-year-old Grandview man as the two who had been seen driving the stolen pickup earlier. Kissler said that physical evidence from the burglary scene was enough to tie the two to the burglary.

The 15-year-old was arrested and booked into the Benton County Juvenile Detention Center. He is being held on charges of residential burglary and first degree possession of stolen property.

The 19-year-old is being held on a charge of residential burglary. He was booked into the Benton County Jail. He is expected to be arraigned today in Superior Court on the charge.

Sheriff's deputies believe that at least one other individual was involved in the burglary. They are still in the process of identifying the last suspect.

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