Multiple vehicle thefts and vehicle prowls lead to arrest

Police arrested a man after a series of vehicle prowls.

The Hoquiam Police Department said that on Friday, they responded to multiple vehicle prowls and an attempted vehicle theft on the east side of Hoquiam.

Sergeant Jeff Salstrom told KXRO all of the vehicles were import model passenger cars, mostly Acuras and Hondas.

Salstrom says that it appears that several of the vehicles had been locked, according to their owners, but there was no sign of forced entry. For vehicles that were locked, it appears that a tool was used to break the lock.

Later in the day, Hoquiam PD received a call from Washington State Patrol saying that they were involved in a pursuit in the Olympia area, and the man they arrested on several felony charges had several items in a stolen car that were from the Hoquiam thefts.

The 30 year old Olympia man had previously lived in Grays Harbor, and said that he had stolen a car in Olympia and drove it to Hoquiam.  He said that he stole a 1996 Acura in Hoquiam before leading police on the chase.

Hoquiam Police searched the area around the theft reports and found another 1996 Acura in the alley of the 2700 block of Simpson Avenue. This was the car stolen out of Olympia. Also in the alley was paperwork that showed the owner of the vehicle stolen from Hoquiam who had not realized his car was missing.

The suspect may face several charges in Hoquiam, as well as charges in Thurston County.

Hoquiam Police, Washington State Patrol, and the Olympia Police Department are continuing their investigation.



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