Man and woman arrested in series of recent Wenatchee car prowls


Wenatchee police have arrested a man and woman suspected in a series of recent vehicle prowls,

Arrested were Makaella A. Leonardo, 23, from Visalia, Calif., and Patrick J. Malone, 31, of Wenatchee on charges of trafficking stolen property, possession of stolen property, identity theft, and possession of methamphetamine.

Thursday, officers responded to a call of suspicious behavior at the Holiday Lodge, 700 N. Wenatchee Ave. The suspects had left the hotel before officers arrived. The caller said he believed Leonardo and Malone had entered several rooms.

Officers eventually located the pair and some property in nearby shrubs. Also, Malone had a silver laptop in his possession. They were warned not to return to the Holiday Lodge. Later, while talking with other officers, the responding police learned a silver laptop had been taken in a vehicle prowl the previous day.

They returned to the area where Leonardo and Malone were contacted but they had left . But in the same shrubs they found property that was linked to several vehicle prowls and thefts during the past several weeks.

Officers began checking pawn shops to see if the laptop had been pawned. Pawn Fathers employees said a couple matching the description of Leonardo and Malone came in Wednesdays with two bikes to pawn, one of which police recognized as recently reported stolen. Pawn Fathers video footage showed Leonardo and Malone bringing in the stolen bike. During the transaction, Leonardo used identification that had been stolen during a vehicle prowl in Carson, Wash., police said

A short time later Leonardo and Malone were spotted walking along North  Wenatchee Avenue. Both suspects were arrested without incident and were booked into Chelan County Regional Jail. Police say they recovered evidence related to several vehicle prowls reported in Wenatchee.