Woman arrested, suspects sought in alleged burglary


ELMA — A 27-year-old Aberdeen woman has been arrested and additional suspects are being sought after a home owner interrupted an alleged burglary in Elma on Monday.

According to Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate, the resident of the home in the 900 block of Monte-Elma Road came home just before noon Monday to find an unfamiliar black, four-door sedan parked in front of her pole barn. Welding equipment from her barn was next to the vehicle. She allegedly witnessed a male suspect leave the barn and get into the back seat of the car as the vehicle, driven by a white female, fled.

As the sedan pulled away, the home owner told police she saw another woman near the barn with a bag full of items. That woman fled on foot with the bag toward the Oaksridge Golf Course. The home owner called 911, then followed the woman. She was eventually able to recover the bag after the fleeing woman dropped it. The bag contained numerous items that had been allegedly stolen from the residence. Grays Harbor Sheriff’s deputies and an Elma police officer responded to the scene, eventually locating the woman near the old club house of the golf course. She was arrested and booked into the county jail.

Investigators are still working to identify the other suspects.