Police swarmed a property on 85 acres of farmland Friday morning in the 7600 block of Johnson Road Southeast and recovered a treasure trove of stolen property, as well as bomb-making materials, according to the Thurston County Sheriff's Office.
The stolen property includes two utility trailers, a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle, a motorcycle, nine firearms and rare coins thought to have been taken during a burglary in Lacey, Sgt. Dave Odegaard of the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said.
On Friday afternoon, investigators were inventorying more than 100 items that had been taken from the property; they are attempting to determine their origins and whether they were stolen, Odegaard said. They have tentatively identified items that might have been stolen during burglaries in Tumwater, Pierce County and Mason County, he said.
“It’s going to take weeks to sort it all out,” he said.
A felon who lives at the address, Justin P. Crews, 36, was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property, possession of bomb-making materials and nine counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Odegaard said the Sheriff’s Office received a tip about a week ago about an unusually large amount of vehicle traffic in and out of the property. The tipster reported that people were changing vehicle license plates and possibly removing vehicle identification numbers from vehicles, Odegaard said.
Sheriff’s Office investigators received assistance from the State Patrol’s aviation division and recently flew over the property, Odegaard said. Investigators obtained a search warr- ant after spotting a stolen trailer during the flyover, he said.
The investigation is being conducted by the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, the State Patrol Auto Theft Task Force, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office and the King-Pierce County Auto Theft Task Force, Odegaard said. The King-Pierce County Auto Theft Task Force is participating because of possible illegal activity originating from Pierce County, Odegaard said.
There are “other involved parties that need to be investigated,” Odegaard said, and it’s possible there will be more arrests.
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