Umatilla County sheriff’s detectives Thursday arrested Denis A. Krivosheenko, 27, of Walla Walla for the recent robbery of a Milton-Freewater convenience store. Undersheriff Jim Littlefield said the case is an example of good police work and cooperation between agencies.
Krivosheenko faces the felony charge of first-degree robbery and is in the Walla Walla County Jail.
An armed man who covered his face with a bandanna the night of Dec. 6 held up the First Stop Mart, 85713 Highway 11, Milton-Freewater. The sheriff’s office in a written statement reported deputy John Reitz was the first officer on the scene and gathered important evidence for the case. Detectives Kacey Ward and Erik Palmer took on the investigation.
Littlefield said they followed leads and worked with the Walla Walla Police Department to develop information and evidence that pointed to Krivosheenko, who has a reputation with police in Walla Walla and nearby College Place, Washington.
Walla Walla police obtained a search warrant in the case, and the Walla Walla City County Joint SWAT Team helped serve that Wednesday morning at a home on the 800 block of Pleasant Street. Littlefield said the search turned up evidence connecting Krivosheenko to the robbery.
Ward and Palmer interviewed Krivosheenko on Wednesday, according to the statement from the sheriff’s office, “and he admitted to committing the armed robbery at the First Stop Mart.”
Littlefield added police found more evidence after the interview that indicated the suspect’s involvement.
Walla Walla police arrested Krivosheenko on other local charges and booked him into the Walla Walla County Jail. Krivosheenko is pending extradition to Umatilla County and likely faces more charges related to the robbery case. The sheriff’s office also reported he is a suspect in separate criminal cases involving forgery and theft in Oregon and Washington.
However, Littlefield said, the investigation has not connected Krivosheenko to the early Monday morning burglary of the First Stop Mart. That occurred when the business was closed, Littlefield said, and was more of a “smash and grab.” That case remains open.