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Shoplifting leads to eight arrests

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COLLEGE PLACE, Washington – Eight people were arrested Wednesday after police responded to residence on the 200 block of West Whitman Drive where a vehicle associated with an alleged shoplifting incident was located.

At around 11 a.m., Walla Walla police officers responded to a report of shoplifting at Sportsman’s Warehouse. Shortly thereafter, College Place officers received information that a vehicle associated with the shoplifting was parked on the 200 block of West Whitman Drive.

Officers from the College Place and Walla Walla police departments, along with Walla Walla County Sheriff’s deputies and officers from the Washington State Department of Corrections responded after information was received that several wanted subjects were possibly inside the residence.

A perimeter was set up, streets were closed, and neighboring homes were evacuated as a precaution. A patrol vehicle’s loudspeaker was used to call subjects out of the home. Several were contacted in the front yard and were identified. One resisted arrest and two others attempted to escape, but were contacted by officers before retreating back into the home.

A warrant was obtained to search the residence in connection to the shoplifting. During their search, detectives located approximately 175 grams of methamphetamine, plus an unsecured firearm. The warrant was amended, and detectives retrieved those items from the home. Three vehicles were also seized. Detectives estimate the street value of the meth at $17,500.

Taken into custody were Mark Zabor, 31, for failure to comply; Donald Crowden, 40, warrant for his arrest; Lisa Korte, 48, probable cause for her arrest in connection to another incident; Kevin Dufur, 34, warrant for his arrest; Lavandre Sabb Garcia, 25, warrant for his arrest; Mitchell Seymer, 46, warrant for his arrest; Charles Buettner, 33, probable cause for his arrest in connection to another incident, theft charges related to the shoplifting and failure to comply; Calvin Lee, 31, charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful use of a building for drug purposes.

“As detectives continue to process evidence, additional charges for the involved subjects are anticipated,” College Place Police Public Information Officer Dylan Schmick stated in a news release.

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