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Suspects arrested in string of East County burglaries

Two men were arrested over the weekend in connection with a series of burglaries that have occurred throughout the month in East County.

Deputies pulled over a vehicle thought to contain suspects connected with the burglaries after they spotted it turning into Aberdeen at around 4 a.m. on Sunday, according to Sheriff Rick Scott.

Scott commended Deputy Kevin Schrader, who has been a “big part in the success” of the recovery of the two suspects.

The first of the five burglaries occurred at an espresso stand on May 9, and the rest were residential burglaries that occurred on May 11, 21, 23 and 25 throughout East County.

The car’s passenger — a 40-year old male — tried to flee on foot but was recovered and taken into custody after he was tazed by an officer at the scene. He was found to possess a stolen handgun that was linked back to one of the burglarized homes involved in the investigation.

The suspect was found to be an Olympia resident, but is known to have lived in the Grays Harbor area “on and off for many years and has numerous ties in the area,” said Scott.

The 40-year-old driver of the car was taken into custody without incident.

Both men are convicted felons with multiple prior arrests and who “appear to have drug issues,” said Scott.

Some stolen property has been recovered and more arrests will likely be made as the investigation progresses, Scott said, adding that the department is working alongside detectives in solving the case.