17-year-old admits to up to 100 car prowls and thefts | Crime
A 17-year-old Clarkston teen is being charged as an adult in connection with what he told police could be up to 100 vehicle prowls and thefts in the city and in Asotin County.
Clarkston Police Chief Joel Hastings says the department recently developed suspect leads on an individual whom they believed to be responsible for committing the crimes. Yesterday, as officers actively attempted to locate the suspect, they were led to a residence in the 1200 block of Highland Avenue.
"While the Officers were talking to a resident the suspect ran from the back of the house. Several Officers pursued and took him into custody," according to Hastings.
The suspect, identified as Robert Anderson, was charged with a vehicle prowl that took place in April in Asotin County.
During an interview, Anderson estimated he was responsible for as many as 100 vehicle prowls.
"According to the suspect he targeted unlocked vehicles or those with the windows rolled down. He avoided newer vehicles because of the potential for alarms and automatic headlights," Hastings says.
So far, officers have positively identified 12 vehicles the suspect entered and stole items from, Hastings says. In addition, they are investigating Anderson on charges of Possession of a Dangerous weapon, Resisting Arrest, Criminal Trespass First Degree, as well as Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Legend Drug without a Prescription, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
"Some of the stolen property has been recovered and officers are working to identify owners. The investigation continues and it is believed others may have been involved in the vehicle prowls," Hastings added.