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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 with 7 Comments »
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.

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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.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. Rational says:

    Dear Fool: While committing a crime, you would do well to obey the traffic laws so as not to focus attention on yourself. Something tells me that you’ll be spending more than $3,000 on this failed brain-test.

  2. meyerde1 says:

    Just another of our “Dumbest Crooks,” “Crime doesn’t pay,” is the catch-phrase I’ve heard for years. It certainly is borne out in this case. I hope the “perp” pays with a number of years of his life. Welcome to the “Grey-bar Hotel,” idiot.

  3. Another candidate for the vaunted Soylent Green Project over in Eastern Washington. FDA approved protein-enhanced snack crackers.

  4. troger888 says:

    Even obeying all traffic laws you can still be pulled over for being the wrong colour or the way you dress.

  5. Crime doesn’t pay unless you are a CEO, a banker or elected official.

  6. royboy361 says:

    This guy is so stupid he would probably strip the wiring from his own house to make money.

  7. The scrap metal in the back of that car is not worth $3000. If some of it is extruded aluminum it MIGHT be worth $100 tops.

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