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Two suspects sought in Oakville home invasion, motive may have been related to casino winnings

Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Office

Police are working to locate two suspects in a home invasion robbery in Oakville early yesterday morning. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s department tells us two masked men kicked in the door to an Alder street home in Oakville and assaulted the man and woman inside.
Shumate said the Oakville men are both in their 20′s, and apparently brandished machetes when they broke into the home just after 5 Thursday morning. At some point during the confrontation the mask of one of the suspects was removed and a possible identity obtained. The suspects fled the residence without taken anything. A possible motive for the assault may have been due to recent casino winnings by the victims.

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Home invasion robbery in Oakville and high speed chase not related, some suspects still at large

Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Office

A home invasion robbery in Oakville was not related to a vehicle pursuit in the same area this morning. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s department tells us before 5 this morning, two masked men kicked in the door to a residence in the 200 block of East Alder Street in Oakville and assaulted the adult male and female residents. During the altercation, it appears that the mask of one of the suspects had been removed and a possible identity obtained. The suspects fled the residence without taken anything.

At this point, investigators are on scene and working on developing suspects and determining a possible motive.

There had been a vehicle pursuit from the general area as well that was originated by Chehalis Tribal Police. GHCSO deputies became involved in that pursuit and it ended when the suspect vehicle crashed near SR 12 and Mox Chehalis Road (Malone). Three occupants had been detained from that vehicle however the driver fled on foot. A county K-9 was called in to assist with locating the driver however at this point, the suspect/detainees of this pursuit do not appear to be involved with the Oakville Robbery.

More information will be released when it is available.

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Two arrested after attempting to load U-Haul from East County shop

Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Office

Two men were arrested yesterday after they apparently pulled their grandfather’s rented U-Haul up to the back of a building and began loading tools from a shop in rural East Grays Harbor County. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office tells KBKW at about 3:40 Wednesday afternoon, deputies were dispatched to the 600 block of Monte Elma Road (just east of Brady) reference a reported burglary in progress.  A resident at that location called to report a U-Haul backed up to his nearby shop and two men who appeared to be loading items from his shop into the U-Haul.  The home owner actually confronted the suspects and blocked the driveway to his shop however the suspects did not cause any problems and remained until deputies arrived shortly thereafter.  Deputies detained a 33 year old Lacey man and a 37 year old Olympia man.  Deputies then found that the two men had stacked several tools up next to the entry door and were preparing to place them into the U-Haul.

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Grays Harbor vehicle prowls on the rise, mostly taking advantage of unlocked doors

Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Office

The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents of vehicle prowls throughout the county that seem to be taking advantage of unlocked doors.
Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us on Tuesday deputies took several reports of vehicle prowls that occurred around the Clemons Road area of Montesano, and East Central Park (Aberdeen). The prowls appear to have occurred between Sunday night and early Monday morning. All but one of the vehicle prowls involved items taken from unlocked vehicles. The one vehicle prowl where forced entry was made most likely occurred because the vehicle had a number of power tools inside, to include a chainsaw, Skill saw, reciprocating saw, etc. All of those items were stolen. Items taken from the other vehicle prowls included purses, car keys, raingear, cell phone chargers, etc. The specific locations of the vehicle prowls and thefts occurred on Englund Avenue (Montesano), residences in the 100-200 block of Clemons Road, and Haek Lane of Central Park.

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Two suspects at large after armed robbery of medical marijuana collective garden in Oakville

Two suspects remain at large, after the armed robbery of of a medical marijuana collective garden in Oakville this morning. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department tells KBKW this morning at approximately 9:13 am, the owner of Green Harbour Medical Marijuana Co-Op in Oakville reported being robbed by two men wearing ski masks.  The owner advised that he had just opened for business when the two men came up behind him and stuck something in his back.  The owner believed the object was possibly a gun however never did see a firearm.  The suspects then ordered the owner to retrieve money and marijuana products from the safe.  The suspects fled the business heading northbound on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash and marijuana products.  The owner was not injured.

Numerous law enforcement agencies assisted the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department with searching the area.  Those agencies included Chehalis Tribal Police, Thurston County Sheriff’s Department, WSP, and Elma PD.  A Thurston County K-9 unit was also called in to assist with a track of the suspects but was unable to develop a track.  The Oakville School was also locked down as a precautionary measure.

At this point, a search of the area was completed however investigators were not able to locate the suspects.  Investigators are still on scene attempting to develop additional suspect information.  Given the nature of the business, we believe the suspects specifically targeted this business.  As always, anyone with information on this crime is asked to call the Grays Harbor Communications Center at 360-533-8765 or the Sheriff’s Department at 360-249-3711.

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Police searching for suspect of attempted burglary considered armed and dangerous

The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department is searching for a man considered armed and dangerous after an interrupted burglary in Montesano yesterday.
Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us at about 2:10 pm Thursday, a resident in the 100 block of Monte Brady Road just outside of Montesano interrupted an attempted burglary to his residence. The victim was in the back part of his residence when he heard a noise coming from the front. The resident investigated the noise and discovered an unknown man in the front part of his residence. The resident was carrying a firearm at the time and attempting to prevent the suspect from leaving while he called 911. The suspect attacked the resident and the resident discharged his firearm prior to the suspect taking the gun. The suspect then fled the residence in a blue colored pickup with matching canopy.

The resident believed the pickup was a Mazda and the canopy had no side windows. He also noted two females inside the pickup, one of which was pregnant. It was unknown which direction the vehicle left toward.

Shumate said yesterday it is unknown if the suspect was injured from the gunshot. The victim received only minor injuries and did not require aid. The suspect, described as being in his mid 20’s wearing a ballcap, should be considered armed and dangerous. At this time investigators are on scene attempting to develop additional information. We are asking that anyone with information regarding this case to call the Gray Harbor Dispatch Center at 360-533-8765 or the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Department investigations unit at 360-964-1731.

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Skull found in Westport crab pot not missing McCleary girl

The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office confirmed today that the skull found by a crabber in Westport is not that of missing McCleary girl, Lindsey Baum.
Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us in February they responded to a report of a partial human skull found in a crab pot by a local fisherman. The crab pot had been placed approximately 3 miles off shore and south west of Grays Harbor Bar when the skull was located.
The skull was eventually turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigations for DNA analysis. This week we learned that the DNA profile did not match that of the missing McCleary girl, Lindsey Baum.
The DNA profile was entered into CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) however no matches were found. At this point, the DNA profile indicated that the skull was that of a female however it is unknown at this time how old the skull is.
The reports from FBI are expected within the next few weeks.

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