A Hoquiam man stole a flashlight out of a fire truck over the weekend, during funeral services for a Fire District 16 firefighter. The convicted felon is well known to police in Hoquiam and said that he would have gotten away with it too, if they didn’t have a sting operation setup. While there was no official “sting,” the truck was parked for the nearby funeral of 37 year old Michael Webber. Webber’s fully loaded semi drove off of a Forest Service road in the Capitol Forest near Summit Lake two days before Christmas.
Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers tells us Nicolas J. Marll was arrested for an outstanding arrest warrant with the Department of Corrections. He added Second Degree Vehicle Prowl charges after he got into a fire truck parked at 6 Street and K Street around 2:45 the afternoon of January 3rd and removed a flashlight. Witnesses at the nearby funeral services reported seeing the man walking away with the flashlight. Officer Pearson said he still had it when he followed him into McHugh’s Furniture store where he told Officer Pearson that he “would not have caught him if [he] did not have a sting operation set up.” Pearson recovered the light, and just over 20 grams of methamphetamine, Marll remains in Hoquiam Jail on a DOC hold.