GOOSE PRAIRIE, Wash. — The public should be on the lookout for suspicious behavior following a rash of cabin break-ins at Bumping Lake, authorities said.
Eight of 16 privately owned vacation cabins located near the Bumping Lake marina were recently discovered to have been burglarized, probably last week, Yakima County sheriff’s Deputy Steve Sutliff said Monday.
Bumping Lake is about 60 miles northwest of Yakima, near Chinook Pass.
“It didn’t look like a lot of anything was taken,” Sutliff said. “Somebody was missing an outboard motor, but the rest of them (the cabin owners) couldn’t tell if anything had been taken or not.”
Sutliff, whose patrol area covers Chinook and White passes, confirmed the extent of the break-ins Monday after a cabin owner Saturday discovered his cabin and several others had been burglarized.
He said damage was minimal, as most cabin owners know better than to leave valuables in their cabins.
With archery season around the corner, Sutliff asked hunters and others who live in or visit the area to be on the alert for suspicious behavior or vehicles.
“A vehicle description is good,” he said. “A license number is better. Either call the sheriff’s office (509-574-2500) or call 911. Don’t tangle with anyone.”
The number of burglary reports was nearly triple the number of burglary reports in the entire county for the weekend.
The sheriff’s office took reports of a burglary on Saturday in the 1300 block of Van Belle Road near Granger and another one the same day in the 6600 block of Norman Road near Moxee.
On Sunday, the sheriff’s office also took a report of a burglary to a garage in the 2200 block of Grandview Pavement Road near Grandview.He said damage was minimal, as most cabin owners know better than to leave valuables in their cabins.