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Sunnyside police arrest five teens on tip from local citizens, charges pending

Sunnyside police have recovered stolen property and this past Wednesday arrested five young men, ranging in age from 16 to 18.

The arrests followed reports by suspicious neighbors, who reported three males walking in a Harrison Hill area this past Wednesday. As officers approached the area to contact the suspects, more reports were called in by area residents that the suspects were carrying property.

In a joint effort and with assistance from a responding Washington State trooper, two suspects were taken into custody, while a third took off running.

"After a short foot pursuit, the third suspect was taken into custody. The property that they had been carrying was recovered with the assistance of citizens in the area," Det. Sgt. Jeff Cunningham reported.

"Upon further investigation by Sunnyside officers, it was determined that the suspects had just burglarized a residence in the 600 block of Lookout Drive," Cunningham added.

Additional information led officers to a residence in the 100 block of Grandview Avenue, where a search was conducted. Additional property was recovered and may be related to other burglaries that have occurred recently in the area, according to Cunningham. He reported that drug paraphernalia was also found.

As a result of that search, two other young men were arrested.

Cunningham said the investigation is continuing in an attempt to see if the recovered property is related to other burglaries and to identify the owners of it.

While officers were searching the residence on Grandview Avenue, city building code violations were discovered, according to Cunningham, who said they will be investigated by the City of Sunnyside's Building Division Code Enforcement officers.

Of the five arrested, an 18-year-old was released on a citation to appear in Sunnyside Municipal Court and the others, who were 16 or 17, were released, pending the filing of charges in Juvenile Court.

"With the assistance of those citizens, who called the department with information and assisted the responding officers, the arrests and recovery of property were possible," praised Cunningham.

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