Woman wanted in Aberdeen robbery arrested in Arizona


Arizona police have arrested a woman wanted in Aberdeen for attempted robbery and are preparing to send her back to Washington state, local law enforcement officials said Monday.

Melissa Moore, 30, the suspect in the attempted robbery of the Radio Shack on 2729 Sumner Ave. in Aberdeen Sept. 9, was arrested Sept. 28 by the Peoria Police Department in Glendale, Ariz.

Law enforcement officials think Moore is connected to Jay Gladden, 29, who they say is responsible for the Sept. 17 robbery of the Hoquiam Twin Star Credit Union and a robbery of Huckle-Bearies coffee shop in Aberdeen. The couple was living together in an apartment on Sumner Avenue in Hoquiam at the time of the robberies. Gladden is still at large.

Moore was arrested in Arizona of charges of shoplifting and released. Some time after that, a warrant was issued by the Grays Harbor County Prosecutor’s Office for the local charges. The warrant was entered into the National Crime Information Center system, which triggered a notification to the Peoria police.

Peoria officers then arrested Moore at a residence in Glendale. She is currently in the Maricopa County Jail awaiting extradition.

An extradition hearing has been scheduled for this week. Aberdeen Police Capt. John Green said it is difficult to tell when Moore will be returned to the local area.

If she waives an extradition hearing, or unsuccessfully contests it, officials are required to transport her within 10 days. If not, it could take longer. If there is no place for her to be transported on a cross-country inmate transfer system, local detectives will have to pick her up.