(Waterville, WA) On November 5th, at approximately 12:19 PM Douglas County Deputies responded to a theft report in the area of Division Rd. and Baseline Rd. near Waterville. The reporting party stated he noticed an unfamiliar vehicle parked in his field next to some abandoned cars and farm equipment. He called RiverCom dispatch and a Deputy quickly responded to the scene. He found two males in a 1992 Dodge pickup. The bed of the pickup was loaded with radiators, aluminum and copper cooling units, a generator, and miscellaneous pieces of metal. The males were identified as 21 year old Seth Cline Million of Soap Lake and 37 year old Jesse Scott Bennett also of Soap Lake. The victim stated the males had no legal right to be on his property or to be taking the vehicle parts. Both men were arrested for Theft, Malicious Mischief, and Criminal Trespass. They were booked at Chelan County Jail without incident. The vehicle was impounded.
According to Douglas County Sheriff, Harvey Gjesdal ”This was excellent work by the Deputy. The citizen is commended for his quick action in reporting the crime which facilitated the capture of the thieves. Because of the recent problems created by this type of crime, those caught trespassing, stealing, and/or vandalizing property can expect no leniency from Sheriff’s Deputies. Hunters, sight seers, and photographers must respect the property rights of local citizens. Any persons wanting access to private land must contact and seek permission from the landowner.”