Trio arrested in Macy's break-in

The store was hit early this morning, officials said.

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WALLA WALLA -- City police recovered more than $1,000 of stolen property and arrested three suspects this morning after responding to a commercial burglary alarm on Main Street.

William Gilbert, 18, and Devon Fisher, 20, were both arrested on investigation of second-degree burglary after a break-in at Macy's, 54 E. Main St.

Police also arrested a 15-year-old College Place girl on investigation of second-degree burglary.

Walla Walla police were notified of the burglary in progress at 3:43 a.m. by an alarm company. Walla Walla County Sheriff's Deputies also responded to the call.

When officers arrived at the scene they found Gilbert and the 15-year-old girl outside the building, according to Officer Tim Bennett, spokesman for the Walla Walla Police Department.

The pair told police they had been "jumped" by two men, and had broken the store window during the scuffle, according to a Walla Walla Sheriff's Office report.

A sheriff's deputy, according to the report, began searching for the alleged assailants and spotted a man, later identified as Fisher, behaving suspiciously and dumping a large garbage bag into a trash bin behind Starbucks coffee shop.

Meanwhile, officers found evidence inside Macy's that indicated there had been a burglary.

"There was stuff moved about and items on the floor," Bennett said.

Gilbert and the 15-year-old girl were taken into custody, and police found perfume and other items from Macy's in the bag deposited in the trash bin. Police traced Fisher to his mother's home in the 200 block of South Third Street, where he was arrested.

Luke Hegdal can be reached at lukehegdal@wwub.com or 526-8326.

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