A Pacific County couple were arrested after police found items stolen from a nearby vacant home in their car. Chief Criminal Deputy Pat Matlock with the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office tells us the Pacific County Communications Center received a call from a concerned citizen on Monday advising that they had observed a male and a female loading items from a vacant house for sale into their vehicle. The caller advised that the situation looked suspicious as the house was for sale and vacant. The caller provided a detailed description of the vehicle at the property.
Pacific County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the residence located in the 1600 block of State Route 6. As the deputies were arriving in the area, they observed the vehicle leaving the property with a male driver and female passenger. The deputies stopped the vehicle due to the suspicious circumstances. Deputies observed numerous items within the vehicle in plain view. They observed what appeared to be a large heater appliance inside the vehicle as well.
After questioning the driver and passenger of the vehicle and after investigating the residence in question, the deputies placed the male subject identified as Willliam E. Wilhelm, age 51 under arrest for residential burglary and possession of stolen property in the second degree. The female, identified as Brenda D. Wilhelm age 51, was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant for theft in the first degree.
Deputies obtained a search warrant to look into the vehicle for evidence of the crimes. Deputies located drug paraphernalia, suspected methamphetamine, several prescription narcotics and items that had been taken from the residence including the large heater. Both William Wilhelm and Brenda Wilhelm were booked into the Pacific County Jail on several charges.