The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department has made multiple arrests in the investigation of an interrupted burglary just outside of Montesano last week.
Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us around 3:30 Tuesday, investigators arrested a 30 year old male resident, and his 23 year old pregnant girlfriend at a home in Hidden Valley Mobil Home Park. At approximately 5:30 pm, investigators then arrested the owner of the 1989 Mazda pickup that had allegedly been stolen and used in the burglary/robbery. And then at approximately 7:00 pm, a 23 year old Montesano man was arrested for also being involved with this crime.
Shumate said investigators learned that the 30 year old Montesano man had borrowed the Mazda pickup from the owner/friend on Thursday April 3rd . He then proceeded to drive around the east county area with his pregnant girlfriend, and the 23 year old Montesano man, looking for residences to burglarize. The suspects noticed the home in the 100 block of Monte Brady Road and it appeared that nobody was home. The suspects drove into the driveway and the 30 year old entered the unlocked front door and took a large glass container of coins and returned it to the pickup. The 30 year old then returned to the residence a second time and was then confronted by the home owner who had been in the back of the residence. The home owner armed himself with a .40 caliber pistol. The suspect pleaded with the home owner not to shoot him and then convinced him to come outside and see that he had a pregnant girlfriend. The homeowner went outside with the man and did notice the pregnant female as the middle passenger. The home owner then attempted to call 911 on his cell phone and the 30 year old attacked the victim and wrestled the gun from him. During the altercation, the firearm discharged twice however nobody was injured from this. The suspect then took the firearm from the home owner and fled the scene.
The suspects immediately drove to the logging roads off of Camp Creek Road and discarded the Mazda pickup. They called the owner of the pickup and had him pick the suspects up. The owner of the pickup then decided to report his vehicle stolen in an effort to throw off the investigation. While the victim of the Burglary/Robbery thought the 3rd passenger may have been a female, this person was actually the 23 year old Montesano man. This same person was also involved with the numerous East Montesano and Brady burglaries from a month ago.
Last night, Investigators recovered the firearm that had been taken from the homeowner. The pistol was buried in the back yard of a residence in Hidden Valley Mobil Home park. The Mazda pickup was also located on the logging road and impounded as evidence. At this point, the 30 and 23 year old Montesano men have been charged with 1st degree burglary and 1st degree robbery. The owner of the Mazda pickup was booked for rendering criminal assistance for those two crimes. The pregnant female was released pending further investigation.