Surveillance camera at residence in Capitol Forest helps catch two burglary suspects

Staff writerAugust 23, 2013 

Sheriff’s deputies arrested two burglary suspects Wednesday after surveillance cameras placed on the access roads to an unoccupied Noschka Road home recorded them stealing items there, court papers state.

Three suspects entered the property in Capitol State Forest three times from Aug. 14-17, the papers state. The burglars stripped two Corvette Stingrays, stealing engine parts and tires. Auto parts and other items were also reported stolen from the garage.

Through viewing footage from a surveillance camera and additional investigation, detectives identified two suspects: Robert Wilson, 47, and Monica Chavez, 36. Both were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of second-degree burglary, and a judge found probable cause to support the accusations against both during a court hearing Thursday.

Wilson was being held at the Thurston County Jail on Friday on a no-bail warrant for a probation violation. Chavez was released from custody on her personal recognizance after Thursday’s court hearing.

According to court papers:

When sheriff’s detectives went to Wilson’s residence to interview him Wednesday, he attempted to escape out a back door.

Both Wilson and Chavez said they had permission to be at the Noschka Road residence when they were interviewed Wednesday. But “when confronted with the video of them cutting (the lock) off the gate, both remained silent.”

The owner of the residence had placed two surveillance cameras on the roads to his property after a burglary there in May. During the burglaries last week, the thieves removed one of the cameras, but apparently they did not find the other one.

Thurston County sheriff’s Lt. Greg Elwin said the investigation was ongoing. The county’s regional investigative team was trying to determine whether there are other suspects and whether the suspects arrested Wednesday are responsible for other burglaries.

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating four unsolved residential burglaries in the Delphi Road area, Elwin said. Detectives are investigating whether the burglary on Noschka Road is linked to any of them, he added.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445

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