MOSES LAKE, Wash.—Deputies arrested two suspected metal thieves when they were interrupted on Friday when a property owner confronted them.
The Grant County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to 15390 Stratford Road Northeast and said the property owner, Doug Hendrickson, spotted a suspicious red Dodge Neon with a temporary registration tag. The owner said the car was near a singlewide trailer on his property.
Hendrickson said he was watchful because he had been the victim of several other burglaries and thefts around the same time.
He confronted a man he found inside the trailer. The suspect started to drive away and Hendrickson saw a piece of one of his farm implements in the car’s back seat. Hendrickson confronted the suspect again, and the suspect took the farm piece out of the car and put it on the ground.
Hendrickson realized an air cleaner assembly was also missing from one of his pickup trucks parked nearby when deputies arrived.
Deputies searched the area for the suspicious car and found it at an intersection. The Neon’s driver spotted the deputy and backed the car quickly into a driveway.
The driver of the Neon, 31-year-old Frank Lopez, ran and was quickly caught by deputies. The Neon's passenger, 33-year-old Sonya Adame also ran. She was found a short time later and arrested.
Deputies served a search warrant on the Neon and found several pieces of Hendrickson’s stolen property inside the car, including metal panels, combine wrenches, other metals and the air cleaner from the pickup truck. The value of the stolen goods was estimated at $1,200.
Surveillance cameras on Hendrickson’s property also showed Lopez and Adame in the Neon.
Lopez and Adame were booked into the Grant County Jail on suspicion of second-degree theft, second-degree possession of stolen property, second-degree trespassing and second-degree vehicle prowling. They also each had outstanding warrants for arrest.