Wednesday, August 29, 2012
WALLA WALLA — Police arrested a 43-year-old man this morning after he allegedly burglarized Los Tapatios, 114 S. Ninth Ave., and then climbed on the roof through a hole in the bathroom ceiling in an attempt to escape.
According to store owner Miguel Jimenez, the suspect, Brent York, had more than $10,000 in gold jewelry and cash he had attempted to pilfer from the store stuffed in his backpack.
“He had tools with him,” Jimenez said. “He got everything.”
Jimenez said he and a store employee, Sergio Casasola, caught up with York on the roof and detained him for police. Dispatchers received several calls reporting the incident, including one report that “two guys” were assaulting a third on the store roof.
“We held him because he tried to run,” Jimenez said, adding he grabbed York by the belt to keep him from jumping off the roof.
After his arrest, York was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries. When he is released from the hospital, he will be lodged in the Walla Walla County Jail on investigation of second-degree burglary, according to Officer Tim Bennett, spokesman for the Walla Walla Police Department.
The burglary marks the fourth time this year Los Tapatios has been broken into, according to Jimenez. Lee Champ, who owns the Pacific Northwest Hearing Aid Service and the Los Tapatios building, said both buildings were burglarized late last week.