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Suspects seen stealing, returning over $1200 in items from Pasco Walmart

Suspects seen stealing, returning over $1200 in items from Pasco Walmart

PASCO, Wash. - Police are investigating several Walmart thefts after staff noticed three suspects stealing, but then returning unpurchased items.

Pasco police (PPD) officers went to the Walmart located at 4820 N Road 68 on Wednesday around 7:07 p.m. after reports were made about shoplifters leaving the parking lot in a red minivan.

The store loss prevention officer (LPO) at Walmart said staff had been tracking the two suspects in the van and another suspect in the past month, saying the suspects were witnessed at least seven times since April 14, stealing and returning the previously stolen items.

Reports said the total value of the returned items was more than $1200.

Officer Koe of Richland police was coincidentally in the area and pulled the van over, police said. PPD officers arrested Javier Chavez Junior III, 20, and Dayana Bustos Ruelas, 19, and booked them into Franklin County Jail.

Police are investigating the suspects for organized retail theft. Police say organized retail theft entails repeatedly shoplifting from the same store throughout the past 180 days.

PPD officials said due to the fact that the total value of items stolen was over $750, the incidents may be charged as a felony.

Any information regarding the third suspect can be reported to PPD. The case number is PP17-19742.

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