Mint theft could lead to prison time

A Hoquiam man accused of illegally entering a shop and taking change and mints pleaded not guilty Monday, but may face prison time because of drugs found during his arrest.

Timmy L. Sherman, 54, pleaded not guilty in Grays Harbor Superior Court to charges of second-degree burglary and possession of methamphetamine.

Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kraig Newman said Sherman was looking at prison time because of an extensive list of criminal convictions.

“He’s going to prison,” Newman said. “He might contest the burglary, but he was certainly in possession of methamphetamine.”

Sherman is accused of entering a shop without permission, taking a box of mints and $5 in change off of a desk. The owner told a Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s deputy he noticed a string across the door was broken when he returned, and checked footage from security cameras he installed after another burglary. The deputy recognized Sherman from the footage, and arrested him at Sherman’s nearby home. During the arrest, some methamphetamine was found on his person. According to court documents, Sherman told the deputy he had gone to the shop looking for work, and left money for the mints he took.

Sherman is held in Grays Harbor County Jail with $10,000 bail.