Alert sergeant nabs two men in stolen vehicle

Two men were arrested for possession of stolen property on Tuesday thanks to an alert Aberdeen Police sergeant.

Sgt. CJ Chastain was sitting in an unmarked vehicle on Tuesday afternoon talking on his cell phone when he noticed a man standing by two similar Honda Accords in the Olympic Gateway Mall, according Aberdeen Police Capt. John Green. The man seem to be looking at the license plates on the vehicles, according to Chastain, then began to scan the parking lot. He was joined by another man in a red, hooded sweatshirt, who reportedly removed a license plate from one of the cars.

The two men, a 34-year-old from Tacoma and a 31-year-old Shelton man, then began to drive away in one of the Accords, prompting Chastain to stop the vehicle, Green said.

The car the two men were in had been reported stolen from Tumwater on Monday, Chastain discovered. The two men were then arrested for possession of stolen property and booked into the Aberdeen Jail.

Aberdeen detectives have applied for a search warrant for the vehicle, and the investigation is continuing, Green said on Wednesday.