Updated: Police link man to string of Walla Walla burglaries

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WALLA WALLA — Police say a 23-year-old man arrested Saturday at a home on Boyer Avenue for alleged trespassing has now been linked to multiple burglaries.

Tim Bennett, Walla Walla Police Department spokesman, said this morning that officers had already been working on a case for arresting Dakota M. Hopkins on investigation of burglary and other crimes.

“They were already developing probable cause for the burglaries before he trespassed,” Bennett said.

Businesses that reported burglaries include Franz Bakery, Spence Tire, Bacon & Eggs, Walla Walla Community College and others.

“It is unusual to have this many commercial burglaries in such a short period of time,” Bennett said in a press release. “Officers were called in on overtime.”

Bennett said plainclothes officers worked more than a week on a downtown emphasis patrol that aided in the investigation.

Hopkins is being held at the Walla Walla County Jail on investigation of eight counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree theft, three counts of third-degree theft, seven counts of third-degree malicious mischief and one count of second-degree malicious mischief.

Following Hopkins arrest, Bennett said, police obtained a warrant to search his vehicle and discovered methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Hopkins is being held in lieu of $60,000 bail.

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

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