Spate of car thefts keep deputies busy

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Sequim Gazette staff

Deputies from the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office had their collective hands full on Aug. 25-26, chasing numerous reports of stolen cars and more.


At about 7:50 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25, deputies received a report of a stolen Ford Ranger from Dan Kelly Road. During the investigation, deputies learned from the reporting party about a van parked nearby that seemed to be out of place. Deputies checked the vehicle but found no report of it being stolen and moved on.


At about 9:40 a.m. that same day, Clallam deputies received a call of a vehicle abandoned near the 1000 block of Crescent Beach Road in Joyce. There, they recovered the Ford Ranger stolen from Dan Kelly Road.


At about 4:40 p.m., deputies responded to a call of another stolen car — and a separately reported car prowl — on Crescent Beach Road; a red Honda auto was reported missing.


In the early morning hours of Monday, Aug. 26, deputies were called to a report of a stolen car and vehicle prowl at Graysmarsh Farms near Sequim.


Deputies learned a minivan was stolen and a wallet (with credit cards) taken from a Jeep.


Soon after this report was taken, deputies checking the area of Graysmarsh located the red Honda that was taken from Crescent Beach Road the previous day.


About 20 minutes later, Deputy Laticia Wells located the stolen van from Grays-marsh at the Port Angeles Walmart. Wells also located two suspects. One of the suspects, 30-year-old Joshua Wilson (aka Wedding) of Port Angeles, started to run; Wells chased and caught him a short distance away. The second suspect, however, fled the scene.


Wells arrested Wilson on charges related to possession of the stolen van and credit card theft. The key to the stolen Honda was located in the stolen van.


In follow-up investigations, deputies determined the suspicious van parked on Dan Kelly Road was stolen from the Sequim area over the weekend. A search of the van’s interior yielded a cell phone, and law enforcement officials said they believe the phone belongs to Wilson.


Deputies and CCSO detectives continue to investigate this series of thefts, including trying to identify the suspect that ran from the Port Angeles Walmart.


In the meantime, Wilson has been booked and the case referred to the Clallam County Prosecutor for review and formal charging.


The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office urges residents to lock their vehicles, even when they’re parked in their driveways.
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