The weekend before July 4th was very busy for Ocean Shores police, and it had nothing to do with fireworks. Sgt. David McManus said it all began with a simple traffic stop and the excellent observational skills of an Ocean Shores PD officer.
At 7:18 am on Saturday June 30, Ocean Shores PD Officer Justman stopped a car driven by a 43-year old Ocean Shores man who Officer Justman knew had a suspended driver’s license. As Officer Justman was dealing with the subject, he noticed an insurance card on the back seat of the car. He recognized the name on the card as the victim of a recent burglary in which several firearms were stolen.
Officer Justman obtained a search warrant for the car, and recovered several items stolen in the same burglary. Other evidence in the car connected the crime to a residence in the 700 block of S. Rain St. NE in Ocean Shores, which has been a source of ongoing problems for the community.
Officer Justman obtained a search warrant for the house, and six Ocean Shores officers and a Sheriff’s Deputy raided the house in the evening. One subject (a 26-year old resident of the house) was arrested for felony Possession of Stolen Property. Several more items of property stolen during the burglary were recovered from the house.
While the house was being searched, Sgt. Watson left the scene to return to patrolling the city. Only a few minutes later, he stopped a speeding car and arrested a 52-year old man for Driving While Revoked 1°. The man was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, and was booked at the County Jail. This stop was unrelated to the search warrants being served, but it all occurred within minutes.
As the officers did further investigation into the burglary, they made contact with people in a house in the 400 block of Duck Lake Dr. SE in Ocean Shores. A resident there gave the officers a false name, but a little computer detective work revealed the man’s true identity. The 51-year old man was discovered to have a previous conviction for Child Molestation 1°, and he was living in Ocean Shores without registering as a sex offender. He was arrested for the felony charge of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, and was also arrested on two felony warrants.
The investigation into the burglary is continuing, and more arrests are very likely in the near future.