Lock your doors at night, folks.
A pair of burglary suspects who were arrested last week after allegedly entering an occupied West Valley home in the middle of the night have since been linked to several similar break-ins.
Earlier this week, prosecutors filed burglary charges against Leo Dwight Wood II, 26, of Yakima and his apparent girlfriend accomplice, 22-year-old Tiffany Dawn Scott of Selah.
Wood and Scott have been in custody since last Thursday, when they were arrested in connection with a burglary in the 400 block of South 81st Avenue.
A resident called 911 shortly after 2 a.m. to report he surprised a man and woman trying to steal a TV from his living room. He tried to stop them but they fled, popping a tire on their getaway car in the process.
A patrol officer soon spotted the suspect vehicle, thanks in part to the flat tire, leading to a short chase on 72nd Avenue and the capture of two suspects later identified as Wood and Scott.
Since then, investigators have linked the pair to another burglary earlier that night and to one on April 5. In both cases, the occupants were home asleep.
The same-night burglary was reported hours after the fact, when the occupants of a home in the Gilbert Park area awoke to discover a laptop and purse missing from the home.
The residents told police they had noticed the front door was ajar the night before, about 11 p.m., and shut it before going to bed.
Weeks earlier, on the night of April 5, a woman who lives in the 600 block of North 58th Avenue called 911 at 12:55 a.m. to report she scared off a young woman rummaging through her home.
Although it was not clear from reports, an arrest affidavit in the case filed Friday on Scott suggested the intruder made entry through an open garage door.
According to the arrest affidavit, police found a credit card belonging to the 58th Avenue resident in the car Wood and Scott were arrested in last week.
It was unclear what evidence linked the suspects to the Gilbert Park break-in other than modus operandi. Spokesmen for Yakima police did not return several calls Friday seeking comment.
According to court records, Wood was convicted of possession of stolen property in 2008. Scott has a more serious record that included a robbery arrest in 2009.
Both suspects remain in custody at the Yakima County jail, with Wood’s bail set at a total of $62,500 and Scott’s at $85,000.
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