CRIME TRACKER: Possible serial burglar caught in South Richland

CRIME TRACKER: Possible serial burglar caught in South Richland
RICHLAND POLICE NEWS RELEASE -- On 3-27-2013 at about 9:45 PM Richland officers responded to a call of suspicious circumstances in the 200 block of Gage Blvd. A female caller reported a male subject had entered her residence and had attempted entry into her bedroom. The victim screamed and the male subject fled out the back door.

The residential areas in and around the Meadow Springs Golf Course have had a significant number of occupied residential burglaries since May, 2012. This report fit the same pattern.

Responding patrol units were in the area when a second call was received at 10:00 PM in the 300 block of Quailwood Place. Neighbors called to report seeing a male subject inside their neighbor’s home. The suspect was seen on the porch and inside the kitchen area with a flashlight. The residence was occupied at the time of the burglary.

Officers set up containment around the residence and could see flashlight beams inside the home. A call was made to the residence and a short time later Jon J. King, 34, exited the home and was taken into custody. King fought with officers while he was being arrested.

The interior of the home was searched and an elderly female resident contacted. She was unaware of King’s presence and stated that no one had permission to be inside her residence.

King was wearing Nike shoes with a very distinct pattern on the sole. This same pattern has been discovered at other burglary scenes in the immediate area.

Property from three residences was found on King’s person and in the immediate area of his arrest. Included was a bottle of alcohol, silver coins, a back pack, hospital ID, leather notebook, and cash. Three separate victims have been identified from this incident.

A detective and evidence technician was called to assist with processing the scene and stolen property. A search warrant may be served at a later time.

Contact was made with the Benton County Prosecutor’s Office. A felony 72 hour hold was approved. King was booked into the Benton County jail on three counts residential burglary, one count resisting arrest.

*Editor's note: Richland Police say King has been in contact with police in the Tri-Cities at least 100 times. He was recently released from the Benton County Jail after being held for a couple months and was arrested on these burglaries within about 24 hours. King is described as a "career criminal."