Sirens: Nine-Year-Old Steals Computer; Man Arrested for DUI with 7-year-old in Car; Mail Possibly Stolen


Thurston County Sheriff’s Office

Home Burglarized

A home was reportedly burglarized the afternoon of March 17 in the 11400 block of Eagle View Lane Southeast in Rainier.

The residence, which is under the care of a property management company, isn’t currently occupied.

Appliances and a light fixture were reportedly stolen from the residence. There were no signs of forced entry and there are no suspects at this time.

Nine-Year-Old Allegedly Steals Computers

A 9-year-old girl allegedly stole two tablet computers from a home in the 12000 block of 118th Avenue Southeast between 6-8 p.m. March 21.

The owner of the residence reportedly came home and found the two tablets missing. The residence was unlocked. A similar theft had reportedly occurred before, with a neighbor girl responsible. The items stolen at the time were recovered.

On March 22, deputies learned the same girl responsible for the first theft was also reportedly responsible for the second incident.

The tablets were reportedly recovered from under the girl’s bed. The girl initially turned over only one of the tablets, claiming the other had been taken by someone else, but when pressed, she reportedly admitted to taking both.

The case was referred to the prosecutor’s office.

Man Arrested for DUI with 7-year-old in Car

A deputy stopped a vehicle for speeding at about 1:15 a.m. March 21 in the Nisqually Pines near Port Orford Boulevard. The deputy reportedly noticed signs of impairment in the driver, and detected the odor of intoxicants. The driver’s 7-year-old son was also in the vehicle.

The driver’s breath samples reportedly registered at more than twice the legal limit. Deputies also reportedly found a hydrocodone pill in the driver’s pocket, for which he allegedly did not have a prescription.

The driver, Joseph Binford, 49, from the Yelm area, was charged with DUI, reckless endangerment, and possession of a legend drug without a prescription.

Mail Possibly Stolen

Deputies responded to the area of 146th Lane and Solberg Road on Monday for reports of possible mail thefts that occurred sometime between March 15-17.

Three locked mailboxes in the area were reportedly opened and found empty. A deputy didn’t notice any damage to the mailboxes.

One of the women the deputy talked to said she hadn’t checked her mail in five days, so it was possible some mail had been taken. Another homeowner said they were sure nothing had been stolen because they’d checked the mail Saturday, and there was no delivery on Sunday.

At this point, the sheriff’s office is not aware that any fraudulent activity has taken place, but the homeowners were reportedly given information for contacting credit companies to help protect against possible identity theft or fraud.

Yelm Police


Officers responded 12:15 p.m. March 17 to Yelm Middle School for a report of an assault. A female student reportedly assaulted another female student as she was sitting at a table eating lunch. Charges were referred to Thurston County Juvenile Court.

Residential Burglary

Yelm officers responded 5:26 p.m. March 18 to the 1100 block of Rhoton Road to a report of a burglary. While the homeowner was away from the home during the day, an unknown suspect reportedly broke and removed a rear bedroom window to gain entry. It’s not known if anything was stolen.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered

A Yelm officer went to the 1500 block of Yelm Avenue West at 7:04 p.m. March 19 for paper service. The officer conducted a vehicle check on the car in the driveway to verify the address. The vehicle had been reported stolen out of Pierce County. The vehicle was towed and will reportedly be returned to its owner. Prints were obtained from the vehicle and will be analyzed by a crime lab.

Driver Takes Off With Gas Nozzle in Car

Officers responded 1:45 p.m. March 19 to Park Place Deli Mart and gas station for a report of a vehicle driving off with a gas pump nozzle still inside the vehicle. The next day, officers located the vehicle and arrested the driver for damage to the pump and driving with a suspended license. There was reportedly $600 in damage done to the pump.


Officers responded 3:33 p.m. March 20 to a report of fraud in the 14700 block of Vista Loop Southeast.

The victim reportedly noticed several charges to his checking account that weren’t made by him. The total amount was more than $50.

Residential Burglary

At 4:31 p.m. March 20, Yelm officers responded to the 16200 block of Vancil Loop Southeast for a residential burglary investigation. A woman reportedly left her house for two hours during the middle of the day and when they returned, noticed someone had kicked in the back door and gained entry to her home. The investigation is ongoing.