Hoquiam man arrested after walking into home and stealing iphone

A Hoquiam man already facing charges that he stole from a fire engine during a fireman’s funeral services was arrested over the weekend on new charges that he stole an iphone from a house.

Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers tells us Officer Peterson was dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of K Street. A family member reported around 3:00 in the afternoon a man walked uninvited into the home of his mother-in-law, at which point the suspect proceeded to drink from the coffee pot, eat an avocado from the kitchen and then take an Apple I-Phone 5 from the dining room table as he left.

Family members were in the home installing a washer and dryer while the homeowners were away at a baby shower. The witnesses had no idea who the suspect was or why he was in the house; the suspect was acting strangely and had his hair up in two pony-tails.

Officers were able to start tracking the I-Phone and were directed to the area of West Emerson and Spencer Street. Officers were soon flagged down at a restaurant in the area of the 100 block of Lincoln Street regarding a man inside who was acting strange and harassing children.

Officers located Marll inside the establishment wearing the clothing and hair as described by the burglary victim. Marll was listening to the “Pandora” music app on an Apple I-Phone. He told officers he just two obtained the phone from “two guys” and was learning how to use his new phone.

Officers verified the phone was the one stolen from the home and took Marll into custody. It was clear to the officers Marll was under the influence of a controlled substance.

Marll was later transported and booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail for burglary and theft. Marll is the same suspect arrested by HPD on January 3, 2014 for stealing a flashlight off the side of a Grays Harbor Fire District #16 fire engine parked in town for a volunteer fire fighter’s funeral.

Marll is a convicted felon and has an extensive criminal history.