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Metal theft arrests made near Oakville

June 28, 2013

Grays Harbor Sheriff’s deputies this week received a complaint from a citizen that two men were seen in an area near Oakville that they shouldn’t be.

A vehicle was seen parked near South Bank Road and Comfort Corner near the men. Recent problems with thefts and burglaries had residents worried, and deputies responded to the area. They talked with one of the men who said they had ran out of gas and were asking nearby homes if they had any to spare. He said that that the other man was at a nearby home.

Deputies made contact with the other man, at his mother’s residence nearby. The man’s mother was also at the home, along with his girlfriend. When the detective checked all of their names for warrants, he recognized the man as a possible suspect involved with metals thefts. That man was arrested on outstanding warrants.

Deputies learned that the 40 year old man and his 44 year old girlfriend had stolen metal from a Quonset Hut nearby. It was learned that the man’s mother would go to various properties to see what was available to steal and if contacted by property owners or witnesses, would claim that she was lost or disoriented.

The 40 year old man, his 44 year old girlfriend, and the 58 year old mother were all arrested and transported to the Grays Harbor County Jail where they were booked for Theft 1st degree.

Detectives eventually located the owner of the metal that had been stolen. The property owner was not aware of the theft, but said that the Quonset Hut was worth $10,000 and still in its packaging.

The suspects had taken over half of the hut, and received less than $200 for the value of the scrap. The Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office said that the total loss may be the full value of $10,000 as the owner is not sure the various items can be separately replaced.


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