LINCOLN CO., Wash. — A man accused of prowling more than 30 cars in several Eastern Washington cities is in custody after a multi-agency investigation.
The suspect was identified as 25-year-old Hunter H. Haley.
Authorities with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said Haley prowled vehicles in Wilbur and Creston, Washington. Several items were stolen from the vehicles, ranging from sunglasses, money, wallets, debit cards and a handgun.
Investigators learned that Haley tried to use a stolen credit card in Airway Heights at Walmart and other locations. Rosalia in Whitman County also saw more than 10 car prowls the prior evening, according to the sheriff’s office.
Pullman police also stopped Haley for traffic violations after the crimes in Whitman County, which helped identify him along with Walmart surveillance video.
Investigators then learned that Haley was on probation for prior crimes.
Haley’s probation officer arranged a meeting with the suspect while investigators from Lincoln and Whitman Counties waited for him. They interviewed Haley and served search warrants from both jurisdictions.
Haley’s vehicle contained stolen property from the thefts, including a stolen pistol from one of the crime scenes in Wilbur. Methamphetamine and heroin were also seized, according to the sheriff’s office.
The case involved over 10 deputies and investigators from two counties. The sheriff’s office said there were 40 victims in two counties over several days.