RICHLAND POLICE NEWS RELEASE - On January 16, 2014 at approximately 10:45 AM, Richland and Kennewick PD officers were in the area of the Motel 6 (1751 Fowler) investigating a stolen vehicle. They obtained information that Robert Pyke was in room 116. Pyke, age 42, had active warrants for his arrest. After subjects were taken into custody for the stolen vehicle, officers went to room 116 and knocked on the door. Bellamy Bertram answered and Pyke was sitting on the bed. The officers told Pyke that he had warrants for his arrest. As he was standing up, Pyke dropped two baggies of suspected methamphetamine that had been in his pocket. Pyke was taken into custody. A search warrant was served on the room. Officers found additional methamphetamine, a kit containing needles, spoons and baggies with a small amount of heroin inside, a digital scale and a scraper. Bellamy was linked to the drugs and was also arrested.
The Benton County Prosecutor’s Office authorized a 72 hour hold for each individual on the above listed charges. Bertram is 29. In addition, charges for felony Violation of a Court Order are being reviewed for Pyke by the Prosecutor. They were booked into the Benton County jail without further incident.
SECOND NEWS RELEASE -- On January 16, 2014 at approximately 10:45 AM, a Richland PD officer was in the area of the Motel 6 (1751 Fowler) and noticed a 2014 Dodge Challenger parked in the lot. The vehicle was parked in a manner that led the officer to believe that someone had pulled into the lot and had left the vehicle quickly. He ran the plates and the vehicle returned as being stolen out of Kennewick. The Motel 6 office staff had no knowledge of the vehicle belonging in their lot.
The officers watched the car until two subjects returned to it. They got into the Challenger and began to start the car. The officers approached and conducted a felony stop. Brittany Nave was contacted in the driver’s seat and Tanthilantis Mielke in the passenger seat. Both were taken into custody. Nave is 25 years old and Mielke is 24.
While being interviewed each subject confirmed that they knew the Challenger was stolen. A subsequent search warrant served on the car turned up several containers of methamphetamine and hypodermic needles. Each suspect claimed ownership of both the drugs and drug paraphernalia.
The Benton County Prosecutor’s Office authorized a 72 hour hold for each individual on the above listed charges. They were booked into the Benton County jail without further incident.