Sequim Police recover stolen truck, stop burglary at church

Police recover stolen truck, stop burglary at Sequim church

Sequim Police last week arrested a 47-year-old man for allegedly stealing a truck and breaking into a church outbuilding on Monday, Jan. 14.

While on patrol, Sequim officer Randy Kellas discovered a stolen Ford F-150 parked on the grass of the Sequim Worship Center, 640 N. Sequim Ave., at about 10:50 p.m. that night.

Kellas reported the truck’s hood was still warm so he looked inside the outbuilding, discovering William McKinley Gilbertson, 47, a former Sequim resident.

Gilbertson allegedly had drug paraphernalia near him — including a glass smoking pipe and foil with burnt drug residue — Kellas’ report states.

While being put in custody, Gilbertson asked for his medications in the cab of the stolen truck, which Kellas reports had Gilbertson’s name on the prescription bottles.

Upon further investigating, the truck had camping equipment from the outbuilding inside it, and a crowbar hanging from the side of the truck, Kellas reports.

Sgt. John Southard said Gilbertson was booked in Clallam County Jail that night and later charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, burglary in the second-degree, possession of burglary tools and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Gilbertson was given $500 bond but remains in Clallam County Jail with his arraignment set for Friday, Jan. 25.

Southard said the truck was stolen from the 200 block of South Sequim Avenue and returned to its owner despite the ignition being destroyed during the theft.

“This was a good example of police work,” Southward said. “(Kellas) was on patrol and found the subject inside.”

Sequim Police report Gilbertson has a history of burglary and theft cases, including in 2015 when he was booked into jail for eluding police, stealing a vehicle and driving with a suspended license.

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