Two men were arrested early Thursday after allegedly burglarizing an Orchards cannabis shop by driving a stolen pickup into the building and then running from Clark County sheriff’s deputies.
Deputies were dispatched for an audible alarm at about 4:20 a.m. at Orchards Cannabis Market, 11800 N.E. 65th St. The first deputy to arrive saw a 2020 white Toyota Tundra inside the building. The pickup appeared to have reversed through the front doors, according to a sheriff’s office news release.
“At that point, the deputy suspected this was an active burglary in progress and waited for additional units to respond prior to approaching the building,” the news release reads.
The deputy saw two people run west from the store on 65th Street toward state Highway 503. Additional deputies found the suspects in a bank parking lot in the 6400 block of Northeast 117th Avenue, the sheriff’s office said.
The suspects, later identified as Payton Huth, 18, and Hector Navarrete Jimenez, 22, refused to comply with deputies’ orders and ran east from the parking lot. Deputes gave chase and caught up to Huth, they said. Jimenez continued running.
Additional deputies found Jimenez near a store in the 11900 block of Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard.
As the foot chase continued, deputies said they saw Jimenez reach into his waistband. They gave several use-of-force warnings and told Jimenez to stop reaching into his waistband, they said, but Jimenez pulled out a can of bear mace. Jimenez dropped the can after tripping over himself, and deputies were able to close the distance and take Jimenez into custody, according to the sheriff’s office.
Both Huth and Jimenez were booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of second-degree burglary, first-degree malicious mischief, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and second-degree theft. Additional charges of resisting arrest were referred to prosecutors.
During the investigation, deputies learned the Tundra was stolen from a Washougal residence after the keys were left in the vehicle earlier that morning, the sheriff’s office said.