Pasco Police say a man is accused of stealing a 400-pound slide from a local playground and mounting it to a child’s bed at his mobile home.
THE RETURN OF THE STOLEN SLIDE!
Do you remember back in mid-December when we reported the theft of playground equipment from the city park at Tierra Vida? Just like Pepperidge Farms, Detective Julie Lee remembered, too. On February 26, when she came face-to-face with a 400-pound playground slide inside a kid’s bedroom in a mobile home in Burbank, she knew what she had. #thatsaclue!
How she got there is another story. It involved some of those annoying catalytic converter thefts, where thieves cut up your car’s exhaust system just so that they can sell your cat converter to a scrap metal dealer for the value of the heavy metals inside it. The metals are valuable, but the cost to the victim is more, including the purchase of a new converter, the labor to weld the exhaust system back together, and the annoyance of driving around with straight pipes until it gets done. #soannoying!
Anyway, to make a long story as short as a cut-off exhaust pipe, our Crime Prevention guy put out some good info on some suspects in the thefts, sharp-eyed patrol officers found a matching truck with suspects, Detective Lee came over to help, and about five search warrants later, Detective Lee found herself inside the suspect’s home in Burbank, looking for catalytic converters and finding a gigantic slide. Oh, yes, she also found catalytic converters. And other detectives helped.
Turns out, most of the original playground set got left behind back in December, but the slide was taken, the top sawed off, it was repainted, and it was mounted on a bunkbed. Pasco Parks and Rec arrived and recovered the slide.
Suspect Dustin Allen Bushnell, DOB 020591 of Burbank, was booked into Walla Walla County Jail on an investigative hold for Possession of Stolen Property (the slide) by WWSO deputies, based on Pasco PD’s investigation. As of right now, nobody has been booked for stealing cat converters, but Pasco PD is still on the case and we will update you later.
Anyone with additional info is urged to call Dispatch at (509)628-0333 or email Detective Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org about cases 20-35466 Theft (of slide) and 21-05296 Theft (of catalytic converters in Pasco).