Sunnyside store robbed yesterday

A clerk at El Toro Pesado at 420 South 6th Street reported that a man, who might have been armed, took a stack of pants from the store yesterday. The report was received by Sunnyside police at 1:55 p.m.

"The store clerk thought he might have a weapon, but none was displayed," said Deputy Chief Phil Schenck.

Officer John Rodriguez took the first report, which was followed up by detectives, who determined that the robbery suspect was an Hispanic male wearing a blue cap, dark jeans and a light colored jacket with black letters on the back of it.

"The suspect was between the ages of 18 and 21, weighing up to 150 pounds," said Schenck. Although not certain, he could be as tall as 5' 8". He was last seen leaving on foot.

Each pair of pants in the stack he took was valued at $55.

In addition to the robbery, two thefts were also reported yesterday. At 8:56 a.m. it was reported that three people were attempting to return high priced items at Wal-Mart without a receipt and were later seen trying to hot-wire a car in the parking lot. Also, a cell phone was stolen from the Sprint Store at 2010 Yakima Valley Highway. That incident was reported at 5:36 p.m.

At 5:42 this morning, a theft was reported from the Chevron station at 1805 South First Street.

Sunnyside police served 12 arrest warrants this past Monday and two court orders and another arrest warrant on Tuesday. Results of those arrests are reported in the court record in this paper on an ongoing basis after trials are held.

Police also investigated two reports of theft on Monday.

The first theft was reported by a resident in the 1400 block of East Gregory Avenue at 10:55 a.m. Monday, who told officers his vehicle was stolen and it contained his cell phone and wallet with credit cards, which have been used since the theft.

At 11:35 Monday it was reported that someone in a burgundy vehicle was selling stolen clothing at a restaurant in the 800 block of Yakima Valley Highway. Sunnyside detectives responded, but found no vehicle or anyone who knew about the incident.

In other police activity Monday and Tuesday officers investigated two fights, two frauds, four harassments, two lost property, two suspicious persons or circumstances, three alarms, six animal problems, one custodial interference, two juvenile problems, two abandoned vehicles, five graffiti, five traffic incidents, one disorderly conduct, one loitering, one vandalism, one report of shots fired and dealt with two 911 hang-up calls.

They also gave ten assists to citizens or agencies, fielded three informational calls and recovered a stolen vehicle, which was found on Woods Road.


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