Testosterone thief guilty

OLYMPIA – A 20-year-old former Olympia High School football player who helped steal more than $12,000 worth of testosterone-enhancing bodybuilding supplements from The Vitamin Shoppe on Cooper Point Road in December was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days of work release from the Thurston County Jail.

Olympia police Det. Jeff Herbig learned in February that Zachary Riedel was using a personal e-mail address to sell “14 items that directly matched items stolen from the store,” court papers state.

During the burglary on Dec. 29, suspects gained entry by breaking a window and stole 286 “testosterone building products” used in bodybuilding that had a retail value of $12,609, court papers state.

As part of Riedel’s plea deal, he pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count each of second-degree burglary, first-degree theft, trafficking stolen property and unlawful manufacturing of marijuana, due to detectives finding 50 marijuana plants in his DuPont apartment when they served a search warrant there in February.

Riedel was a starting center on Olympia High School’s football team for the 2005 season, according to an article in The Olympian. He was listed as a senior in 2006, listed at 6-feet, 2-inches tall weighing 220 pounds. According to Riedel’s MySpace page, he is enrolled at South Puget Sound Community College, majoring in criminal justice.

In exchange for Riedel’s guilty plea, Thurston County deputy prosecuting attorney David Bruneau recommended that Riedel serve 90 days at the Thurston County Jail.

Bruneau said that there were two major reasons he recommended the one-year jail sentence for Riedel as part of a first-time offender program in exchange for his guilty plea. One is that Riedel has no prior criminal history. The other is that Riedel has cooperated with Olympia police and provided useful information in an ongoing investigation of a large number of burglaries – perhaps up to 50 – by other suspects in the Thurston County area.

Olympia police Lt. Jim Costa said Tuesday that the investigation is ongoing, and there could be more arrests in other area commercial burglaries that go back years. He would not elaborate because of the investigation.

Riedel apologized in court Tuesday before his sentencing. Riedel said he’s sorry for what he’s done and added that he’s “taking full responsibility for my actions.”

Riedel’s attorney John Sinclair said that Riedel comes from a good family, is employed, and was not the ringleader in the burglary of The Vitamin Shoppe. Sinclair added that Riedel plans to pay full restitution for the burglary.

Thurston County Superior Court Judge Christine Pomeroy told Riedel that he’s lucky he’s not going to prison for his four felony convictions. “If you weren’t so cooperative to police, you’d be going to prison,” she said.

When Olympia police served a search warrant at Riedel’s DuPont apartment in February, they found 50 marijuana plants in the basement, along with “62 bottles of miscellaneous bodybuilding supplements and other products which matched the stolen property list,” court papers state.

Sinclair said that Riedel can serve his sentence on work release, spending nights at the jail but working during the day, provided he keeps his job. Sinclair would not give details of Riedel’s employment.

Riedel and his family declined to comment after Tuesday’s court hearing.

Jeremy Pawloski 360-754-5465