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Routine traffic stop in Yelm turns up stolen property

Post by Kate McEntee / The News Tribune on April 15, 2012 at 11:53 am |
April 15, 2012 1:55 pm

A Washington State Patrol trooper found more than just a driver without a seat belt on during a traffic stop Saturday afternoon in Yelm.

Car pulled over by trooper. (Washington State Patrol)
The State Patrol reported that a trooper had pulled over a car for a seat belt violation in Yelm at 1:11 p.m. “While approaching the vehicle the trooper noticed several steel grates and pieces of metal in the back seat and requested a Yelm officer to assist,” a news release stated.

Washington State Patrol
Stolen metal grates found in car in Yelm. (Washington State Patrol)
As the trooper spoke with the driver, the Yelm officer arrived and said he took a report at 8 a.m. about 168 feet of steel grates stolen from a car wash off Yelm Avenue. The grates had an estimated value of $3,000.

After further investigation, the driver was arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property, and he was booked into Thurston County Jail.

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