Alleged theft during firefighter’s funeral

A man is in custody after allegedly stealing a flashlight from a fire engine parked at a firefighter’s funeral, the Hoquiam Police Department reported.

“I am not sure how much lower you can get than to steal equipment off of a fire truck parked at a funeral for a fallen firefighter,” Chief Jeff Myers wrote in a press release.

Officer Ryan Pearson responded to the report of a vehicle prowl at about 2:45 p.m. Jan. 3 at the corner of 6th and K streets. Witnesses reported the man had taken a large orange flashlight from the Grays Harbor Fire District 16 engine.

Pearson said in his report several people were pointing to the suspect when he arrived. When the man noticed him, he ducked into a store, Pearson wrote.

The suspect obeyed Pearson’s commands to stop and put down the flashlight.

“He then said I would not have caught him if we didn’t have a sting operation set up,” Pearson wrote.

The man was cited for theft and vehicle prowl and arrested on a Department of Corrections warrant and booked into the Hoquiam City Jail. He had a substance which field tested positive for methamphetamine in his pocket during his arrest.


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