Two local men arrested in Woodland burglary

By Patty Hastings, Columbian Social Services, Demographics, Faith



Woodland police interrupted a Saturday night burglary and arrested the suspects the next day during separate traffic stops.

Saturday evening, officers went to the 300 block of Madrona Avenue in response to a report of a stolen cellphone that had been traced to the area. Police returned later in the evening, around 10:55 p.m., to follow up on the case. They were talking to the homeowner outside when they noticed a man inside the house, who then fled out he back. A second man was detained at the location and later released.

Woodland police, with assistance from Cowlitz County deputies, a Clark County K-9 unit, and Kalama and La Center police were not able to find the man who ran out of the house.

On Sunday, through further investigation, police arrested both suspects — the man who fled the house and the man who was detained — during separate traffic stops. Police also recovered a Hi-Point 9mm handgun.

At 3 p.m. Kevin J. Robertson, 24, of Woodland was arrested after a traffic stop in the 1000 block of Atlantic Avenue. Later, at 6:21 p.m., Woodland police arrested Anthony Hamblin, 22, of Vancouver on Interstate 5 near milepost 10 in north Clark County with assistance from the Washington State Patrol and Clark County sheriff’s deputies. A lane of the interstate was blocked during the arrest.

Both suspects were booked into the Cowlitz County Jail on suspicion of first-degree burglary. They appeared Monday in Cowlitz County Superior Court.

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