Kent Police are crediting an alert East Kent resident with helping to identify a prolific home burglar targeting his neighborhood.
Last Wednesday, officers responded to a burglary on Kent East Hill and found a neighbor who had snapped a picture of an unoccupied car that he didn’t recognize which was parked outside another neighborhood home.
The man told police he heard a disturbance, noticed the car gone and his neighbor’s door standing open. Police checked that nearby house and found it had also been broken into.
Officers recognized the car in the photograph as connected to a December burglary arrest. Police went to the 35 year old suspect’s house and found his car but didn’t have enough information to make an arrest.
A few hours later another home burglary was reported in the neighborhood. Police investigated and determined that the property missing from that home was the same as what had been seen at the suspect’s house.
On Thursday morning Kent police arrested the suspect and also recovered a quantity of stolen property to include jewelry, home electronics, and other property.
“This is a great example of how Kent residents are taking an active role in keeping their neighborhoods safe” noted Kent police Lt. Pat Lowery. “There’s no doubt that the photograph taken by an alert resident opened the door to this arrest and the recovery of the stolen property”. Fuentes was booked into the Kent City Corrections Center.
Kent police believe the man they arrested, who was booked into the Kent city jail, may be connected to other burglaries in the area.