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By Andrew Christiansen

Thieves drive off with three cars


Stealing cars was on someone’s agenda a couple of weeks ago in Goldendale. Three vehicles were taken in one night and the Goldendale Police believe they know who was involved. Perhaps the first car to go missing was a 1997 Geo from the 400 block of East Broadway. A neighbor was up at 3 a.m. on Aug. 4, in time to see a couple of young people drive off with his neighbor’s car. Later that day the owner found his car near the intersection of Mill and Sentinel. The car was not damaged, but the same cannot be said for the other two stolen vehicles.

Police officer Stan Berkshire investigated a stolen car report from the 200 block of West Nesbitt, around 9 a.m. on Aug. 4. A 1988 Jaguar convertible, valued by the owner of at least $15,000 was taken sometime after 4 a.m. Berkshire learned that the car was driven outside of town to a residence where two people said a teenage boy brought the car which stalled when it overheated. They said they didn’t realize it wasn’t the teen’s car. The car was later found in Yakima County where it had been left on a roadside. Unfortunately, the abandoned Jaguar was in the wrong place when two vehicles met and one, a tanker had to swerve to avoid a collision and smashed into the parked car.

The third vehicle was a GMC Yukon stolen from the 100 block of NW Second Street. That vehicle, valued at $11,000, was driven hard and returned to the residence in such bad condition, the owner said it was totaled.

The other thing the three vehicle thefts had in common is that all had the keys left in the vehicle. Police believe the teen was responsible for all three thefts and may have had one or two accomplices. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

In other action, police submitted charges of fraud and unlawful use of checks against Adam Bartlett, 49, of Goldendale. The first complaint against Bartlett came when he cashed more than $800 of checks at Holcomb’s Market, drawn on a closed account. Police then learned that someone had used Anderson Insurance checking account to pay for a television. Two more complaints surfaced connecting individuals who bank at Columbia Bank and made insurance payments to Anderson Insurance. Police believe Bartlett, who lives above Anderson insurance, broke into the business and stole the bank account information.


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