A bit of luck, some good timing, and good police work resulted in multiple arrests and the recovery of stolen property in Ocean Shores last weekend.
Sgt. David McManus tells us on Sunday, July 13, Officer Paul Henderson arrested a 45-year old Ocean Shores man walking in the 700 block of Park Ave. NE in Ocean Shores for an assault that had occurred on the previous day. When searched, the man was found to have methamphetamine in his possession. The man was also carrying three bags full of items that Officer Henderson believed were stolen, especially after the man and a 21-year old who was with him told differing stories about where they obtained the items. However, at this point, the Officer could not prove that the items were stolen.
The 45-year old man was taken to the County Jail on the assault and drug charges, while the 21-year old was cited for Making a False Statement to a Public Servant and released.
Less than three hours later, a part-time resident of Ocean Shores came to the police station to report his house had been burglarized in the past two weeks. The property he reported stolen were the same items Officer Henderson had just seized, and the items were returned to the owner.
The next day, the 45-year old man was interviewed in the jail about the burglary. He stated that the 21-year old said he “got the stuff out of a house”. He said that the 21-year old gave him some items to trade for methamphetamine, and he had just done so right before being stopped by the officer.
Later the same night, the 21-year old suspect flagged down Ocean Shores PD Officer Clinton Potter and said he wanted to confess to the burglary. He was taken to jail.
Based on the information obtained in this investigation, a search warrant was obtained for the house where the drugs had allegedly been obtained. Evidence supporting the case was seized, and a 55-year old woman was arrested for Delivery of Controlled Substances.
The next day, another Ocean Shores resident reported that he had purchased some furniture from the 45-year old man, and he now suspected the furniture was stolen. The 45-year old suspect was interviewed once again, and he confessed to burglarizing a home and selling the furniture. That burglary had been reported to the police on July 12.