Wenatchee police had an unusually successful weekend catching alleged car prowlers.
In all, four people were arrested in early Saturday and Sunday prowls, and all were caught thanks to the items they are accused of stealing, said Capt. Edgar Reinfeld of the Wenatchee Police Department.
First, police responded to a series of vehicle prowl calls about 4 a.m. Saturday in the Castle Rock Avenue area of central Wenatchee. In one of those prowls, a vehicle window was smashed.
Among the items stolen was a debit card.
Reinfeld said about 11 a.m. police received a report of the stolen debit card being used at the Depot Café, where video captured images of a man using the card.
That led to the arrest of Euberto Narbez Chapa, 43, of Wenatchee. Police obtained a search warrant on a Wenatchee residence, where stolen property was found, including a phone that was stolen in one of the prowls, Reinfeld said.
Chapa faces a variety of charges that include vehicle prowl and identity theft.
Then late Saturday night into Sunday morning there was a second set of vehicle prowls, these less than a mile away in the Washington Street area.
In one call, shortly after 4 a.m., residents reported seeing two people in their car.
A short time after that, a phone was stolen in another vehicle prowl. Later in the morning the stolen phone was turned on and quickly traced to the Super 8 motel in Wenatchee.
After obtaining a search warrant for the motel room, police arrested three people, Zachery Paul Williams, 35, of East Wenatchee; Kirsten Anderson, 26, of Leavenworth; and Gregory James Cook, 34, of Wenatchee.
Reinfeld said they were found in possession of the stolen phone, credit card and drugs that included heroin and methamphetamine.
All three face vehicle prowl and drug charges.
Solving vehicle prowls is extremely difficult for police, Reinfeld said, so resolving two apparently unconnected cases in one weekend was very unusual.
“We’re never this successful with this,” Reinfeld said. “It’s very difficult stuff to deal with, because for the most part they steal money and book. But in this case it was a little bit different.”