Whiteside charged with burgling mortuary

A family member faces a burglary charge after taking several items from Whiteside Mortuary in Montesano last week.

Jeffrey B. Whiteside, 52, pleaded not guilty in Grays Harbor Superior Court Monday to a second-degree burglary charge. He’s accused of entering the mortuary June 18 without permission and taking a desktop computer, cordless drill, printer, garden hose and hose reel.

The previous weekend, Whiteside had contacted a Montesano Police officer to go with him to the mortuary, but when his key wouldn’t work, the officer told him to leave. Later, the officer was contacted by the Whiteside family and told Jeffrey Whiteside was not allowed on the property “because he had stolen from family members and the Whiteside Mortuary company,” court documents stated.

When officers contacted Whiteside June 18, he allegedly said “he was previously the owner and CEO of the mortuary and could take anything he wanted from the location,” according to court documents.