Fire station theft ring suspect nailed, more wanted

Recently, the Town of Kennewick opened its new west location at 6941 Grandridge Boulevard. With a new location in Southridge and a newer one on the 10th, it offers more support to the growing community.

However, the West Kennewick location was also the target of a (now) not-so-brilliant or greedy thief.

Since January of this year, Kennewick Police have reported that the new fire station has been broken into on several occasions. Over the past six months, thousands of dollars of tools have been taken.

But this week, agents were able to identify the prime suspect in what is believed to be an online theft and sales network.

Zackery Adams, 25, is incarcerated in Benton County Jail and faces 2nd degree burglary charges. It looks like he was selling the tools online, but his luck changed.

Kennewick detectives always scour online sites for suspicious advertisements; they also check when people report stolen items, especially tools.

IF a victim can provide a solid description of what was taken, it allows the police to target social sites, looking for a match. Then often an undercover operation is set up where they agree to meet the seller. In many cases in the past, thieves have been apprehended in this way.

In this case, that is what happened. The reason Adams doesn’t (yet) face multiple charges is that investigators need to be able to link him directly to multiple thefts. So far, he’s being billed for the online sales they’ve identified.

Officials say the investigation is continuing and could lead to other suspects involved as well.

We wondered what kind of alarms they have at the station, and if Adams got caught on security cameras?

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