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WWII hand grenade discovered by local resident

Last night (Sunday) Sunnyside police were alerted to what was believed to be a World War II hand grenade discovered in the 800 block of East Yakima Valley Highway.

The call about the explosive device was received just before 8:30 p.m. and officials at the Yakima Firing Center were notified.

Authorities say the explosive device was a training grenade and personnel from the firing center disposed of it.

Also last night just before 10 p.m. a resident at the Sunnyside Walmart store reported witnessing a man leaving the store with a gun. He was reportedly seen getting into a vehicle that was occupied by three children.

The suspect was located and police found the gun was a toy.

Officers have also this past weekend responded to one report of shots-fired. A resident in the area of Maple Way this past Saturday reported hearing four gunshots in the vicinity. However, officers investigating the call were unable to find evidence of gunfire.

Since last Thursday, the Sunnyside Police Department has also fielded three burglary reports, as well as nine theft calls.

A business in the 600 block of East Yakima Valley Highway was discovered broken into last Thursday at approximately 10:30 a.m. Items stolen were not detailed.

Also Thursday at approximately 11:30 p.m. a resident in the 700 block of South 11th Street reported arriving home to find the home had been broken into. Stolen items were not named.

Two gaming systems and other electronics were reported stolen from a home in the 1700 block of Cascade Way early Sunday morning after the home owner arrived at the residence. The burglary was reported just before 12:30 a.m.

Of the thefts reported since last Thursday, three were shoplifting incidents. Also reported stolen from Sunnyside residents were bicycle tires, a gaming system, a stove, a bicycle, jewelry and a battery from a vehicle.

Officers have also responded to a 9-1-1 hang-up call, five automatic alarms, five assaults, three domestic violence incidents, 11 suspicious activity calls, three traffic accidents, 20 traffic stops and a report of a sex crime. Sunnyside police have also since last Thursday served three arrest warrants and two court orders, as well as provided 12 agency assists.

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