Police seek additional suspect in metal theft

The Hoquiam Police Department is working to identify a second person believed to be involved in stealing equipment from Vaughan Chopper Pumps in Montesano.

A 22-year-old Aberdeen man was arrested for first-degree trafficking in stolen property after selling a brass propeller, 140 shelving brackets and 19 metal cutter heads to a scrap metal business Wednesday, according to a press release.

The company notified police of the suspicious sale Thursday, which contained a new box that still had a Vaughan Chopper Pumps shipping label attached.

The company confirmed it owned the brackets and cutter heads, and had reported a series of thefts where those kinds of industrial items had gone missing.

The items were sold for $139.60 as scrap. The brackets had a total value of $280 and the cutter heads were valued at $4,500. An owner has not been located for the propeller.

The suspect told police he was tasked with selling the stolen items and planned to split the proceeds with another person. The investigation is ongoing to identify the other person involved.


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