Olympia police have recovered a pickup stolen Thursday while the owner was sleeping in its back. The truck was stolen from a parking lot at Capital Medical Center in Olympia, detectives said Monday.
However, the man’s cat, also in the pickup along with the rest of his belongings, is still missing, detective Chris Johnstone said.
Police recovered the truck Friday in Shelton and made an arrest, based on the victim’s description of a vehicle that was following the stolen truck, Johnstone said.
The owner called 911 while the theft was in progress and gave police updates about the pickup’s location.
Johnstone said the man believed the vehicle that was following close behind them as they headed toward Mason County also was involved, so he gave 911 dispatchers its license plate and description.
According to court papers, the driver of the vehicle following the stolen pickup prevented a patrol car from catching up by slamming on his brakes, causing “the officer to lose sight of the stolen vehicle.”
Somewhere in Mason County, the driver of the stolen truck stopped, threatened the owner with a knife, kicked him out and drove away, court papers state.
Olympia police were able to track down the owner of the second vehicle Friday, and he admitted “he was just helping a friend steal a car,” court papers state.
He also led detectives to the stolen pickup, off a gravel road at the Blakely Tree Farm in Shelton, detectives said.
The 34-year-old Shelton man was arrested on suspicion of theft of a stolen vehicle. The man, who has a lengthy arrest record and was released from prison in August, was being held at the Thurston County Jail on Monday on a no-bail hold.
Johnstone said Monday that detectives were still trying to find the man who drove off in the stolen pickup.
Olympia police Lt. Jim Costa said that most of the victim’s possessions were recovered from the side of the road near where the pickup was found.
Anyone with information is asked to call 360-753-8300.
Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445