Mail theft suspect leads law enforcement on chase down Martin Way

A 33-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night after he allegedly tried to steal mail from a post office box in Lacey, then led law enforcement on a chase down Martin Way East, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

Just before 10 p.m., Lacey police were dispatched to a report of a man trying to steal mail from a post office box near Kohl’s department store on Sleater-Kinney Road.

He fled the scene eastbound, and sheriff’s deputies joined the pursuit on Martin Way. During the pursuit, the suspect drove into the westbound lanes, Lt. Ray Brady said.

The suspect’s vehicle finally hit a speed of 80 miles per hour and broke down near Carpenter Road, he said. It appeared the vehicle was leaking transmission fluid, Brady said.

After the man was taken into custody, law enforcement learned the vehicle contained stolen credit cards, identification cards and purses. He was booked on suspicion of eluding police, possession of stolen property, and possession of instruments of financial fraud. The suspect also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Rolf has worked at The Olympian since August 2005. He covers breaking news, the city of Lacey and business for the paper. Rolf graduated from The Evergreen State College in 1990.