One man is in custody, and Hoquiam Police Department is thanking an alert neighbor for reporting suspicious activity at a local business last night. Sergent Jeff Salstrom tells us that at approximately 10:46 p.m. Thursday night, they were called to a reported burglary at Harbor Saw and Supply, 3120 Simpson Avenue. A neighbor reported hearing suspicious noises and then saw a person crawl under the fence into the equipment storage area. Officers responded, arriving on-scene within 42 seconds of being dispatched.

Officer Figg observed a male suspect in the yard and ordered him to the ground, however, the suspect refused to follow officer’s commands and fled behind a Conex box in an attempt to hide. Sgt. Salstrom located a hole cut in the fence on the east side of the property, with a pair of bolt cutters lying on the ground next to the hole. He observed the subject behind the Conex box and again ordered the suspect to surrender, however, he again refused.

Sgt. Salstrom and Officer Blundred entered the storage area through the hole in the fence. A store employee who lives nearby had heard the call on his scanner and responded to the scene as well. He opened a gate for Officer Figg to enter. The suspect was surrounded and elected to give up. He was taken into custody without further incident.

The suspect was determined to be a 40 year old man from Del Rio, California. He was found to be on probation in California for drug offenses. It was also determined he had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest for the crime of Burglary from Eureka, CA.

The suspect was subsequently booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail for the crime of Burglary Second Degree. Upon completion of legal proceedings in Grays Harbor, he may be extradited to California to answer to the charges he faces there.

The Hoquiam Police Department wishes to thank the alert neighbor for calling 911.