Now that's some good police work: Within less than 24 hours, the Bingen-White Salmon Police Department has made a pair of arrests in last week's break-in and theft from McCoy Video in White Salmon.
During the evening of July 16 or the early morning hours of July 17, burglars smashed out a side window at McCoy's. The thieves stole a number of items, including movies, games, cell phones, and a safe with several hundred dollars in cash.
On the afternoon of July 17 -- the same day the burglary was discovered -- Bingen-White Salmon police officers Jim Andring and Ben Harvey arrested a 17-year-old suspect allegedly involved in the break-in and burglary.
The officers continued the investigation, which branched out to possibly include other burglaries elsewhere in Klickitat County and in Skamania County. Property from burglaries in those jurisdictions, along with property taken from McCoy Video, was recovered at the residence where the arrested juvenile had been living.
Later the same day, Andring, Harvey, and Police Chief Bruce Brending made a second arrest in the McCoy burglary case. Jairo Andres Vicente, 20, of Bingen, was taken into custody, and charged with alleged burglary in the first degree.
According to the Police Department, stolen property was recovered when Vicente was arrested. Two handguns, at least one of which had been reported as stolen, were also found in Vicente's possession
"There was a little bit of luck and a lot of hard work by the officers today," Chief Brending said in a report on the case during the July 17 meeting of the Bingen City Council. "An arrest was made, and it looks like it may spider-web out into neighboring jurisdictions."
According to Brending, the investigation is ongoing, and additional arrests are anticipated.
Recently, there have been a number of burglaries in the area. The Klickitat County Sheriff's Office and the Skamania County Sheriff's Office are reported to be investigating several recent burglaries in the Snowden area and near Northwestern Lake, respectively.
No further information from KCSO and SCSO was available on those crimes as of press time on Tuesday, although one law enforcement source said arrests in those cases were likely soon.