SUNNYSIDE, Wash. — Prosecutors charged a man Wednesday with breaking into six Sunnyside cellphone stores over two months.
Gustavo Acevedo, 39, was charged in Yakima County Superior Court with six counts of second-degree burglary, one count of first-degree theft and one count of trafficking in stolen property. He is being held at the county jail on $200,000 bail.
Sunnyside police say Acevedo burglarized six cellphone stores over the course of two months and stole merchandise — usually phones — worth a collective $34,000, according to a probable cause affidavit.
“It was working, so he kept going with it,” said Sunnyside police Sgt. John Chumley.
Police arrested him May 15 on a Benton County felony warrant unrelated to the burglaries, Chumley said.
While in custody, detectives recognized Acevedo’s name from a report by a man who tried to activate one of the cellphones that a store had listed as stolen, Chumley said.
Police served a search warrant at his room at the Townhouse Motel on Yakima Valley Highway and found one of the stolen phones, Chumley said.
Investigators also had descriptions of Acevedo from video surveillance cameras at three of the burglaries and a witness from a neighboring business who saw him flee the area the night of the last burglary May 5 at the Yakima Valley Highway Verizon Wireless store, Chumley said.
An alarm apparently scared him off that night, the court affidavit said.
That evening, police said, the man broke into the Verizon Wireless shop and made off with $6,139 worth of cellphones, the affidavit said.
The previous burglaries were March 17 at Boost Mobile on Yakima Valley Highway, March 23 at Montelongo Computing Solutions on Yakima Valley Highway, April 25 at Boost Mobile again, May 2 at AT&T on East Lincoln Avenue and May 4 at AT&T.
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