During the past two weeks, deputies and detectives with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department have been working on tips and leads from the various burglaries, thefts, and vehicle prowls in East County. Deputies made a number of arrests on traffic stops and warrant arrests that lead to additional suspect information.
On Monday, detectives with the Sheriff’s office and Montesano Police executed a search warrant at a home on Nelson Street in Montesano. Additional stolen items were located. Yesterday, deputies and detectives executed numerous search warrants in East County, assisted by the Grays Harbor Drug Task Force, Montesano PD, and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. Elma Police assisted with the apprehension of one suspect that fled a residence in Elma during a search warrant.
7 males and 4 females will be or have been charged with various crimes as a result of the various search warrants. Those crimes include Burglary, Possession of Stolen Property, Trafficking in Stolen Property, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, and Drug Possession.
The primary suspect was a 41 year old transient from Elma. He was among the several people arrested yesterday. In addition to the various charges of Trafficking Stolen Property, he was also arrested for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. The majority of the suspects were from the Elma area with two from the Montesano area.
While only 2 to 3 of the suspects were actually responsible for committing the thefts and burglaries, the other suspects were charged with purchasing the stolen property or trading the stolen property for illegal drugs.
A substantial amount of property has been confiscated. Some of those items included jewelry, chainsaws, a generator, various tools, electronics such as TV’s and tablets, and garden tools. Investigators also located illegal drugs and a stolen vehicle during the search warrants.
Detectives will be working on contacting the various victims of the items that had been confiscated.