Hermiston Police News: Busted Burglar

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On the 27th of May 2013, at approximately 5:45 PM, officers of the Hermiston Police Department responded to the parking lot of the Foxwood Apartments (1070 W. Orchard Ave) on a report of an unknown male trying to get into vehicles.  Observant patrons at The Last Chance Tavern called after watching a male go from car to car checking door locks.

Officers arrived and found Derick L. Martinez 29 years of age of 1500 W. Mead Ave, Yakima, Washington, inside a 2000 Acura not belonging to him.  Martinez was in the process of removing the stereo from the vehicle.

Additional property was found on Martinez’s person that did not belong to anyone at Foxwood Apartments.  That property, which included an Xbox 360 game system and jewelry, was eventually returned to the rightful owner and victim of a home burglary in the 1000 block of W. Juanita Ave, Hermiston.

Martinez was processed at the Hermiston Police Department before being lodged at the Umatilla County Jail in Pendleton on charges of Burglary in the First Degree, Theft in the First Degree, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, and Unlawful Entry to a Motor Vehicle.

“Once again, our job is made easier by citizens who are not only observant of their surroundings, but willing to call and report what they felt was suspicious.  As it is impossible for our officers to be everywhere a crime is taking place, we rely heavily upon those we serve to assist us.” by Chief of Police Jason Edmiston.

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