Press Release
Sheriff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sheriff’s Office arrests 2 men after report of burglary in progress

Kittitas County, WA - 09/19/2019 - On 09/18/2019 the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported burglary in progress at a construction site on SR 97. A crew foreman arrived at the job site Wednesday morning and called Kittcom to report he had observed a subject running from the area, and he believed he was missing tools from the site. The foreman was able to provide responding deputies with a detailed description of the suspect.

While en route to the scene, deputies observed a vehicle driving erratically on SR 97 and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle.  During the traffic stop, deputies observed that the passenger in the vehicle matched the description of the burglary suspect.

A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the driver, Devon D. Drake-Karhu, 29, and the passenger, Christopher R. Damitz, 32, both of Puyallup, WA, for burglary and theft.   During a search of the vehicle, property from the job site was recovered in the suspects’ vehicle.  A full investigation is underway.

“This is a great example of an alert citizen calling law enforcement when he thought something seemed wrong,” said Sergeant Nate Foster.  “He provided a detailed description that was instrumental in identifying the suspects, which led to the arrests and the recovery of stolen property.”
 

Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us

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Contact: Commander Ben Kokjer
509-933-8218