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Elma man steals propane tanks and headbutts police car

June 28, 2013

Thursday morning around 4:30 am, an alarm was activated at The Warm Company in Elma. An employee responded and found someone had broken in and removed 8 full propane tanks. These tanks were used to run the various forklifts at the facility.

Deputies were called found information that a 29 year old man living in Elma on Rosemary Lane, just south of the company, was responsible for the burglary. Deputies also learned that the man may have forced his estranged 38 year old girlfriend to assist him. Investigators later contacted woman and was told that the man threatened to harm her children if she didn’t assist.

When investigators contacted the 29 year old and arrested him on an unrelated warrant, he appeared to be under the influence of drugs and became hostile. While deputies escorted him to the patrol car, the man head-butted the passenger door of the car causing minor damage.

Deputies obtained a search warrant for the man’s home and located the stolen propane tanks. The man was booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail for Burglary, Theft, and Malicious Mischief to the patrol vehicle.

His estranged girlfriend has since obtained a restraining order against the man. Deputies were also able to verify threats by the estranged boyfriend. At this point, she is not looking at any charges.


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