Five people are in custody today after Yakima County Sheriff's deputies made five arrests yesterday, Thursday, as suspects in a recent string of Lower Valley burglaries.
Last night the Yakima County Sheriff's office received a report that several persons in a black sport utility vehicle had been seen that was related to break-in at a residence on South Fisher Road, near Mabton.
A witness followed the suspect vehicle as it came into Mabton. Mabton police saw the suspect vehicle being driven recklessly in town and had been watching for it because of the burglary report.
Mabton police attempted to stop the vehicle, which fled westbound on State Route 22 at speeds of about 100 mph for about 10 miles as the vehicle was driven into oncoming lanes of traffic, nearly causing several collisions, according to Sgt. Mike Russell with the Sheriff's office.
The pursuit ended after a Yakima County Sheriff's deputy using stop sticks deflated the tires of the suspect vehicle.
Near the end of the pursuit the 16-year-old driver was allegedly seen tossing a semi-automatic handgun from the vehicle. The handgun was found to have been reported stolen to the Yakima County Sheriff's office the previous evening in a residential burglary in the Buena area. The suspect vehicle was occupied by two juveniles and three adults.
Property stolen from the residential burglary at Fisher Road was found in the suspect vehicle. Prosser Police also reported a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description was also involved in a burglary in their jurisdiction shortly before the South Fisher Road burglary was reported.
Property from Prosser's residential burglary was also located in this suspect vehicle. Russell said all those in the suspect vehicle at the end of the pursuit were identified as having participated in Prosser's burglary as well.
The 16-year-old male driver is from Buena and was booked into the Yakima County juvenile detention facility for requested charges of burglary, possessing a stolen firearm and attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle.
Another 16-year-old male from Buena was also booked into the Yakima County juvenile detention facility on requested charges of burglary.
Three adults in the suspect vehicle were booked into the Yakima County jail on requested charges of burglary. They include an 18-year-old male from Toppenish, an 18-year-old male from Buena and a 20-year-old male from Toppenish.