A former salesman with Larson Porsche-Audi in Tacoma faces a felony charge of possession of a stolen vehicle stemming from his October arrest after his wife was pulled over in Lacey, driving a $74,000 Porsche Cayenne that was reported stolen from Larson's lot in 2006.
Elwood Randolph Younkins, 43, was supposed to have been arraigned Tuesday in Thurston County Superior Court on the possession-of-a-stolen-vehicle charge, but his attorney, John Sinclair, asked for an extension because Younkins was unavailable and now lives in Sidney, Neb.
A Lacey police officer pulled over Younkins’ wife, Rebecca, Oct. 18 in the Hawks Prairie area because the 2006 gray Porsche she was driving had expired vehicle license tabs.
She told the officer that her husband worked for Larson Porsche-Audi in Tacoma, and that he was borrowing the vehicle with his employer’s permission.
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The police officer learned from dispatchers that the license tabs on the Porsche were traced to a different vehicle. The officer then ran the Porsche’s vehicle identification number, or VIN, and learned that the car had been reported stolen.
Elwood Younkins arrived at the scene and told the officer that “he had been in possession of the vehicle for a couple of years, and that the dealership had loaned it to him,” court papers state. “He said that the dealership had never asked for the vehicle’s return.”
The officer called Kevin Fields, Younkins’ manager at Larson Porsche-Audi. Fields told the officer that “Younkins should not be driving any Porsches from the dealership,” court papers state.
“According to the police report generated at the time of the theft, the vehicle in question was discovered missing during an inventory, and reported stolen,” according to court papers.
Rob Larson said that Elwood Younkins was a trusted, well-regarded member of his sales team, and even had a pair of keys to the dealership.