This image from surveillance footage shows a man who stole a phone from Yelm Desert Sun.

Yelm Police Department

Man Seen Stealing Phone at Yelm Business

• A phone valued at about $750 was stolen from a customer at Yelm Desert Sun at about 2:50 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, and the suspect was caught on camera. According to a report the following day, a woman had placed the phone on the counter after tanning and inadvertently left without it. A review of security footage showed it was stolen by a male suspect at about 9:30 p.m. The suspect was accompanied by a female, and the two are believed to have been involved in a number of recent thefts. The female entered the business, scanned the area and entered a bathroom. The man then entered and went directly to the phone on the counter. His attention was drawn to two other phones, but an employee returned to the front of the store. He claimed he was looking for water before abruptly leaving. The woman then exited the bathroom and appeared interested in stealing the two phones. She left without doing so. “It’s strongly suspected that the female called the male from the bathroom advising him of the phones,” according to a police report. 


Woman on the Ground in Walmart Parking Lot Leads to Charge

• Aaron D. Taylor, 40, of Buckley, was cited and released for alleged fourth-degree domestic violence assault just after 2 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12, following an incident in the Walmart parking lot in Yelm. An officer responded to the parking lot and found a woman lying on the ground halfway under a vehicle. Taylor and the 23-year-old daughter of the woman reportedly came to pick up the woman and retrieve her vehicle because she was intoxicated and couldn’t drive. An argument ensued, and the woman who was found on the ground said she threw her cellphone at Taylor, who then grabbed her, pulled her from the vehicle and dropped her on the ground, according to police reports. Her injuries did not require medical care. 


Debit Card Used After Being Left in ATM

• At about 2:35 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12, an employee at Timberland Bank in Yelm reported that she forgot her card in an ATM the previous week and days later was notified of fraudulent charges. The card was used to make $65.38 in online purchases. The victim filed a police report as part of the process to gain access to security camera footage. 


Stolen U-Haul Van

• Johnny Mack Perkins, a 57-year-old Puyallup man, is accused of stealing a U-Haul van from Junk Queen, which serves as a rental location. According to a report made at about 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, the van was rented to the man July 31 and, after negotiating an extension, was supposed to be returned by Aug. 7. Attempts to charge the man’s credit card were denied. Perkins will face a charge of theft of a motor vehicle. 


Woman Loses $1,200 in Craigslist Scam 

• A Yelm woman lost $1,200 in a Craigslist scam, according to a report at 12:48 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13. She had responded to an advertisement for a home for rent and sent $1,200 to a person posing as the property owner on the digital payment website Zelle. She filed a police report in an effort to recoup her money. 


Woman Accused of DUI After Crash

• Sandra Mae Ott, 55, of University Place, was expected to be charged for allegedly driving under the influence following a rear-end crash at about 3:40 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at the intersection of Yelm Avenue West and Edmonds Street Southwest. Ott allegedly smelled of alcohol when speaking to an officer, who noticed there was an empty can of alcohol in her vehicle. She was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital for her injuries. A blood draw was taken at that time, though the results were not included in the case file. 


DUI Arrest

• Craig A. Ginn, 45, of Yelm, was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol after a traffic stop at 9:21 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the intersection of Railroad and Stevens Avenues. The first reports of Ginn’s allegedly erratic driving were made as he traveled northbound on Bald Hills Road heading toward Yelm. He was reportedly swerving and nearly colliding with oncoming vehicles. An officer saw the vehicle briefly go off the roadway near Yelm Cinemas and activated his lights, but Ginn continue to drive before eventually coming to a stop. His blood-alcohol content registered at .279 percent, more than three times the legal limit. 

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