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By Roger Harnack
Franklin Connection 

Man jailed in crime spree


Last updated 1/26/2023 at 12:51pm

OTHELLO — A local man was booked into the Benton County Jail after being arrested for multiple crimes Jan. 5.

Ruben Cantu Jr., 29, was booked into the jail on charges of second-degree vehicle prowl, second-degree theft, second-degree possession of stolen property, resisting arrest, identity theft and second-degree burglary.

He also had outstanding warrants, records show.

Benton County Jail records showed Monday, Jan. 16, that he remains in custody without bail.

Cantu is facing the charges in Adams County Superior Court in Ritzville.

This arrest stems from several vehicle prowls, thefts and burglaries in the city over the prior three weeks, records show.

According to city police, the community played an integral role in the investigation that led to the arrest of Cantu.

The Othello Police Department recommends residents lock their doors to their homes, garages, shops and vehicles.

Suspicious activities can be reported to police by calling 509-488-3314, police said.

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Roger Harnack, Publisher

Roger Harnack is the co-owner/publisher of Free Press Publishing. Having grown up Benton City, Roger is an award-winning journalist, photographer, editor and publisher. He's one of only two editorial/commentary writers from Washington state to ever receive the international Golden Quill. Roger is dedicated to the preservation of local media, and the voice it retains for Eastern Washington.

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