Lewis County Watch

Yelm Police Department 

Taken to the Cleaners 

• An estimated $50 was stolen following a burglary at Frontier Cleaners in the 400 block of First Street South, according to a report at 8:55 a.m. on Nov. 25. The reporting party said $30 was taken from the register and another $20 in change was stolen from other areas of the business. A first aid kit, a box of buttons and a customer’s vest valued at $70 were also stolen. There was no damage to the door of the business. An officer suggested that perhaps the business had been accidentally left unlocked. 


Man Leads Chase From Yelm to Lacey, Carjacks Casino Guard

Change Machine Lock Drilled

• The owner of Eagle Car Wash in Yelm reported that someone used a cordless drill to damage the lock of a change machine at the business, which is located in the 400 block of Yelm Avenue East. The lock was damaged beyond repair, but the would-be thief was unable to access the safe containing coins. The attempted theft was reported at 7:23 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 28. An officer noted that one day prior the lock on a beverage machine at Walmart had been drilled out. The officer requested footage of that attempted theft. 


DUI Arrests 

• Wilma Stuckey, 23, of Yelm, was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol after a traffic stop at about 4:23 a.m. on Nov. 26. She was initially pulled over in the 400 block of 103rd Avenue Northeast after failing to stop at a stop sign. Her blood-alcohol content registered at .175, more than twice the legal limit, according to police reports. 

• Zachary Wade Stanley, of Yelm, was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence after a traffic stop in the 15000 block of State Route 507 at about 2:36 a.m. on Nov. 30. The officer reported smelling alcohol and noted that Stanley’s eyes were bloodshot. After speaking to an attorney, Stanley refused to provide a breath sample. He was arrested and booked into the Nisqually Jail. Drivers who refuse to provide a breath sample usually face the automatic suspension of their driver’s license for a year. 


Theft From Cart

• A man who was shopping at Walmart at about 10:37 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29, said his jacket and keys were stolen as he turned his back away from his shopping cart while at the customer service station. 


Thurston County Sheriff’s Office 


Watch Out for Porch Pirates 

• The sheriff’s office is reminding residents to be vigilant against package thefts from “porch pirates.” “As all of the boxes start arriving from Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping please have a plan,” the sheriff’s office wrote on Facebook. “If you aren’t home to receive packages have a secure location to leave them or ask a neighbor to pick them up. Most shipping companies can hold them for pickup, deliver to a business, or have other secure options. Keep an eye out in your neighborhoods for any suspicious vehicles or persons and call TCSO to report.”


Shop With a Cop Scams 

• The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office has received information that scammers are using Shop with a Cop events to fraudulently get money. “Make sure to verify who you are giving money to before giving to these great events,” the sheriff’s office wrote on Facebook. “You can contact your local agency to get information and find out how to donate directly. Be careful when you receive calls from unknown numbers or numbers out of the area. Most agencies will not cold call residents or businesses seeking money.”

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