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1/10/2013 11:43:00 AM
Cops arrest serial burglar suspect
15 y.o. girl crashes car
Charges are pending for a 15-year-old Lakewood girl who over corrected the car she drove, crossed the center line and struck a Bridgeport man in Peshastin on Jan. 5. Faith M. White, 15, was traveling with Mary L. Castillo, 27, both of Lakewood in a 1998 Mercury Villager at about 3 p.m. when she lost control of her car on the northbound side of U.S. 97, according to the Washington State Patrol.

White's car hit Ruben Rivera-Sotelo, 54 of Bridgeport, who drove a 1999 Jeep Cherokee. Rivera-Sotelo was carrying Marcia Rivera-Ruiz, 17 of Aburn and Jesus Diaz-Espino, 22 of Pateros.

All five people were injured and transported to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee.

Michelle Lovato
Staff Writer

Chelan County Sheriff's deputies arrested Christian Bruce Merchant, 32, of Wenatchee, after a rash of recent burglaries in Chelan. The burglaries began in November and extended through December, said Chelan County Sheriff's Sgt. Rob Huddleston.

Police suspect Merchant is responsible for some of the break-ins, but are not sure if he is connected to all of them.
Huddleston said burglars began their illegal spree on Nov. 2 when a resident's ski rack was stolen off a vehicle. During November and December, burglars broke into a Wapato Point kiosk, the Mill Bay Casino Smoke Shop, several residences and summer homes, a Pat and Mike's Convenience Store storage unit, two storage units at A&J Mini-storage, an enclosed trailer, Les Schwab Tires, a Peterson's Waterfront storage building, a Manson School District car, and in the early hours of New Year's Day a burglar broke into Lulu's Boutique.

Items stolen included landscaping tools, compressors, money and jewelry. Deputies arrested Merchant after serving a warrant at his home Jan. 4.

Huddleston said a large amount of stolen property was found at his house and a Wenatchee storage unit. Deputies are uncertain if Merchant is responsible for the Lulu's Boutique burglary.

Merchant is charged with possession of stolen property, trafficking stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and two previous warrants, Huddleston said.
Huddleston said deputies continue to work through the stolen items recovered at Merchant's home and storage unit.

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