11-year-old steals car from Yelm apartment complex

Yelm police officers responded to a report of auto theft around 9 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 1 near Vancil Road. The vehicle stolen was a white 2003 Ford Expedition.

Upon arrival, police spoke with the vehicle owner, who advised officers he started his vehicle in front of building B roughly 10 minutes before it was stolen. After starting his vehicle to warm it up, he went inside an office to pay rent.

A witness advised police officers that she saw a young male get into the vehicle and quickly drive away. As officers were gathering info from one witness, a separate person contacted them and identified the suspect as an 11-year-old, according to reports.

A separate Yelm police officer, on patrol on state Route 510, eventually took the driver into custody. Police officers informed the child’s mother that her son’s charges would be forwarded to Youth Services.


Police use K-9 to track Safeway robbery suspect, efforts unsuccessful

Yelm police officers were dispatched to reports of a robbery around 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at Yelm’s Safeway. The reporting party claimed a man had stolen a cart full of groceries and made threats toward employees.

While en route, police officers received a description of the man who was last seen walking on a sidewalk near AutoZone. The man allegedly stole $196 of merchandise, including Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey and miscellaneous grocery items.

After talking with a store employee and victim, police learned she attempted to contact the man as he left the store through the west exit. The man continued to exit the store before the employee attempted to stop his cart. The suspect dislodged the employee, who gave in to avoid injuries.

An eventual perimeter was set up by several Thurston County deputies and a Yelm police officer, and they eventually used a K-9 to track the suspect. The track was unsuccessful.

The suspect may have been with two other females wearing all black. Photographs were taken of the two women.