Man gets nine months stealing officer’s handcuffs

A homeless man who slipped away from the Aberdeen jail with a pair of handcuffs was sentenced to nine months in the county jail for trying to pawn them nearby.

Frank A. Wirshup, 43, was sentenced Monday in Grays Harbor Superior Court for second-degree trafficking in stolen property. Wirshup had been in the Aberdeen jail in May on theft and trespassing charges. After he was released, a corrections officers later found his handcuffs missing.

A local pawn shop owner called to notify officers Wirshup was trying to sell the handcuffs.

Judge Mark McCauley took the prosecutor’s recommendation at sentencing.

“It’s a pretty stupid crime, especially when you’re going to end up spending nine months,” McCauley said.