K-9 catches the ‘thief’ who broke into the Hop Thief bar in College Place

College Place Police noticed that the name of the business the suspect had broken into matched his current “job description”.

‘Thief’ breaks into Hop Thief Taphouse in College Place

Hop Thief Taphouse is a College Place establishment offering a variety of beers and food.

Early Saturday morning, College Place police responded to what they said was an “internal movement alarm” at the business, around 4am.

Police saw the suspect, later identified as 23-year-old Raul Melgar Moreno, exit the building, but then turned around and returned when he saw them.

After about 30 minutes of unsuccessfully urging Moreno to come out and follow orders, K-9 Murphy of the Walla Walla Police Department was “dispatched” and located him hiding under a table. Moreno gave up without a fight.

Suspect had at least $500 on him stolen from a business

Moreno had a large wad of company cash stolen from the cash register. Officers say he broke in through a second-floor balcony door at the two-door facility.

While booking, College Place Police also learned:

“…Melgar Moreno was released on his own accord by a judge on 02/09/2022. Melgar Moreno was previously jailed on 02/05/2022 for 2nd degree robbery, motor vehicle theft, assault done in the 4th degree (domestic violence), possession of a stolen vehicle and attempt to escape from a police vehicle.

It seems that THIS method didn’t stop him from pursuing his “thief” job description. College Place Police said the following charges were added:

“…2nd degree burglary, 3rd degree robbery and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.”

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