As of Thursday, July 9, 2015
Sunnyside police have taken into custody Saul Alvarez, 23, of Sunnyside and a 16-year-old male from Outlook, who are believed to have been responsible for a burglary in the 300 block of Fairview Avenue this past Monday.
The suspects, after police were alerted to suspicious activity at the home that was targeted, eluded police officers until further information gathered led to their identities.
Sunnyside Police Sgt. Oliver Hernandez said a witness saw two males acting suspiciously just after noon on Monday. The witness told police the suspects were seen exiting a vehicle and crouching behind a garbage can in a cul-de-sac in the area of North Avenue and Scoon Road.
Shortly after, another citizen called police to report a burglary just blocks away.
Both citizen reports, say police, provided a description of a vehicle that was similar.
Sunnyside police quickly responded to the home that was burglarized and found the front door had been kicked in. Several electronics, including televisions, were reported stolen from the home.
While officers were at the scene another alert citizen told police the same vehicle witnessed at the scene of the crime was parked in the area of Lappin Avenue and Woods Road, according to police.
Hernandez said the witness told police two subjects were seen walking away from the vehicle and officers soon after located it, finding it “…loaded with electronics.”
He said officers searched the area, looking for the suspects. Information gathered provided officers with the identities of Alvarez and the teen who police believe were responsible for the burglary.
A search warrant for the vehicle, said Hernandez, was obtained and property from the burglary was identified and returned to its owners.
Alvarez, who police say was on probation, was taken into custody and is being held in the Sunnyside jail. He will be transported to the Yakima County Jail and faces burglary charges.
The Outlook teen was also taken into custody and is being detained in the Yakima County Juvenile Detention Center to face burglary charges.