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