A suspicious vehicle stop led to the recovery of tens-of-thousands of dollars in stolen goods.
According to Sgt. Mike Hill with Sequim Police Department, officer Paul Dailidenas noticed a vehicle parked behind ServiceMaster Restore of Sequim at 765 W. Washington St. around 5 a.m. Feb. 4.
Dailidenas spoke with the two occupants, and they explained why they were there and cleared to leave, Hill said, but the officer continued to investigate after they left and discovered a vehicle that was ajar.
Hill said the restoration business was holding onto belongings worth tens-of-thousands of dollars for a customer after they sustained home damage.
After the discovery, Dailidenas was able to locate one of the occupants and interview other potential witnesses. Hill said they’ve identified a suspect but do not know his whereabouts and continue to look for him as of Tuesday afternoon. Police did not name the suspect but said he does not have a permanent residence and spends time between Sequim and Port Angeles. All but one item has been recovered from the theft, Hill said.
Sequim Police officers are inspecting surrounding business’ surveillance videos, he added.
Hill said one or more people may be charged with the felony theft in the third degree and the misdemeanor vehicle prowl.
ServiceMaster’s store owner is cooperating and helping with the investigating, Hill said.
The store owner said he was asked not to comment by police until the investigation was over.