Two are in custody after a burglary in Aberdeen yesterday. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office reports that on 01/25/16 at approximately 2:37 pm, deputies were dispatched to a residence on Atlantic Avenue of Aberdeen reference a possible burglary in progress. The resident reported that two known individuals entered her residence and removed a safe before fleeing in a silver colored Mazda passenger car. The calling party identified the two individuals as a 31 year old Aberdeen woman and a 27 year old Aberdeen man.
Deputies and an officer from Westport PD arrived on scene and contacted the reporting party. The resident advised that the safe contained money and jewelry. Deputies eventually learned that the female suspect used to live with the calling party.
Investigators determined that the vehicle the suspects fled in had been reported stolen out of the City of Aberdeen a few days prior. At approximately 3:00 pm, a department of Fish and Wildlife agent located the suspect vehicle at a residence in the 1700 block of SR 105 near Ocosta. The suspects were not in the vehicle. Deputies and Washington State Patrol Troopers helped contain the area while K-9 Deputy Tracy Gay and his partner Max searched the area. The stolen safe was eventually located however the contents of the safe were missing. Investigators eventually learned that the suspects had fled on foot into the woods before getting a ride from a neighbor into Aberdeen.
At approximately 8:00 pm, both suspects turned themselves in to the Aberdeen Police Department. Deputies contacted the suspects and interviewed them. Money and jewelry from the theft had been recovered. The suspects were eventually transported to the Grays Harbor County Jail and booked for Theft 1st (for stealing the safe and money) and Possession of Stolen property (being in possession of the stolen vehicle).