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Occupied Burglary

The College Place Police Department is investigating the burglary of a College Place residence targeted twice during the same week. The first burglary occurred on January 8nth when the suspects entered an unlocked door to the garage around 4:30 AM. The second incident occurred on January 12th at around 4:45 AM. The homeowners were home during both incidents. The residence is located near 12th and Bade. 

The Police Department wants homeowners to be aware of the incidents and to remind residents to lock doors, increase lighting and look out for neighbors. Several car prowls have occurred on during the same period and believed connected. The suspects stole camping gear, miscellaneous tools and a wooden rocking horse. 

A security camera captured the suspects calmly entering and looking through the garage. It’s concerning how brazen these suspects were entering an occupied residence says Chief Tomaras.

If you have information or know the identity of the suspects please call Detective Brian Fortin at the College Place Police Department 509-394-8550.

No-Shave November

You may see College Place Police Officers growing beards during the month of November. Officers have committed to help raise cancer awareness while raising money to support the battle against cancer. Beginning November 1st, participating officers will grow beards in support of a National campaign referred to as “No-Shave November”.

Officers who are generally held to strict grooming standards will be authorized to grow facial hair during the month of November in support of the fund raising campaign. Chief Tomaras comments, “If we are going to participate, we need to help raise money.” Officers participating have agreed to a $50 individual buy-in to get it started. We have a goal to raise $500 says Tomaras. 

Tomaras sends out a challenge to the Walla Walla Police Department and the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office to participate. Let us see who can raise more money says Tomaras.

If you would like to donate, you may visit the College Place Police Department “No-Shave November” team link and donate online: https://no-shave.org/team/Police
 Pre-No-Shave-November photo

The College Place Police Department Unveils a New Look 

 The College Place Police Department is unveiling a new contemporary look for their patrol cars. The new look is part of our re-branding says Chief Troy Tomaras. Tomaras explains the new look complements the new patch implemented one year ago. It is very important that we take pride in our appearance while representing our community.

The College Place High School graphics arts class designed our patch. The new car graphics were designed by members of the police department. The officers formed a design team, came up with some options and voted on the new design.

The new look will be affixed to recently acquired used patrol cars from the Washington State Patrol. In an effort to save taxpayers money, the used patrol cars were purchased at one-fourth the cost of a new vehicle. The old car graphics will be replaced slowly through attrition.

Armed Robbery Suspects Apprehended

 On July 3, 2018 at around 7:30 PM, two College Place Officers were on patrol at SE 8th and South College Avenue when the store clerk of the College Place Food Mart flagged them down reporting he had just been robbed at gunpoint. The clerk described the suspect as a Hispanic male wearing a blue bandana over his face while displaying a handgun. The clerk reported the suspect fleeing the scene with two other Hispanic males in what appeared to be a 90’s gold Chevy Sedan.

Minutes later officers from Walla Walla Police Department and the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s office stopped a vehicle matching the description occupied by three Hispanic males (in College Place on C Street at Deccio).  All three suspects were taken into custody. Store security footage and neighborhood witnesses positively identified the vehicle and suspects.

A 25-year-old male suspect and a 23-year-old male suspect were booked into the Walla Walla County Corrections for suspicion of armed robbery. There is an ongoing investigation toward the involvement of the third party. A search warrant will be conducted on the vehicle. Additional information will be forthcoming.

 On July 5, a search warrant on the suspect vehicle revealed a black air soft pistol and $442 in cash believed connected to the robbery.


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