The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office and the Aberdeen Police Department are looking for information about a van that was driven through the front wall of Washington Tractor in Central Park early this morning.
Deputies were dispatched to a burglary alarm at about 2:45 a.m. today on the 5000 block of Olympic Highway, and a deputy in the area responded within about a minute to find a silver van backed through the front wall of the building, apparently high-centered. No suspects were located.
“It was no doubt a smash and grab,” Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate said. “Once they backed into it and disabled the vehicle and the burglary alarm was going on, they just booked it.”
A K-9 track showed the suspect or suspects were on foot through the woods as far as Linkshire Drive.
Salesman Kevin Hochstetler got the call to come to the store about about 3 a.m.
“We had been broken into in the past, as far as people kicking in doors and things like that, but I’ve never seen a van halfway in the building,” he said.
After an inventory, employees determined nothing had been taken. Work was underway Tuesday morning to build a temporary wall and shore up the sales area. The business is still open.
“Half of our building is parts and service, we can still do sales. We can show some product to the customer, bring it out to them, but I won’t let nobody into the sales area,” Hochstetler said.
He estimated damage would be in the thousands of dollars, but was waiting on the insurance company for a specific repair cost.
Shumate said detectives will work with APD on the case.
“Aberdeen has had a rash of vehicle thefts of recent, they seem to think there’s a group of people doing this,” Shumate said.
Anyone with information should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 360-249-3711.