Three arrested after alleged East County burglary


Two men and a woman were arrested over the weekend after they were allegedly caught driving a truck with property that had been recently stolen from an Elma residence, law enforcement authorities said Monday.

One of the three, Bryan Best, 25, of Westport, appeared in Grays Harbor Superior Court Monday charged with residential burglary. He was released into his father’s custody and permitted to leave his home only for work. The other two individuals are charged with possession of stolen property.

Law enforcement officials said that Friday night, an Elma resident reported that their home on the 100 block of Meadowwood Drive had been burglarized. The owner of the home told deputies that numerous household items had been taken including electronics, groceries and sporting goods.

Early the next morning, a concerned citizen on Devonshire Road just outside of Montesano called police to report a suspicious vehicle. A deputy responded and stopped a black and white 1994 GMC Sonoma pickup. The vehicle had three occupants inside — Best, a 31-year-old Montesano man, and a 24-year-old Westport woman. The deputy reportedly noticed items in the back of the truck that appeared to have been taken from the earlier burglary on Meadowood Drive, officials said. The three occupants were detained and the homeowner from the burglary came to the scene and identified the items as stolen from them, police said. The people in the vehicle were arrested for possession of stolen property then transported to the Grays Harbor County Jail.

The Westport man was also booked on a drug charge. The pickup was impounded and later searched. The recovered stolen property was processed then released to the Meadowood homeowner.