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Catalytic converter thefts continue
Yelm police responded to a call for theft on Monday, January 10.
According to a police report, officers were alerted to the theft of a Yelm man’s catalytic converter after he found it missing from his vehicle.
The man had parked the vehicle overnight at Jiffy Lube for repair, and when he picked it up, the motor vehicle part was no longer on the vehicle, according to the report.
The converter will cost around $650 to replace and Jiffy Lube has not reported any suspicious information.
The crime is just one of a series of catalytic converter thefts that have plagued the city since at least April 2021.
A man loses his wallet at the library
A man called Yelm police to file a report on his missing wallet on Monday, January 10.
According to the report, the man had pulled out his wallet to retrieve his library card while at the Yelm Timberland Regional Library.
After using the card and helping a few people search the internet, he pocketed the card, but left his wallet somewhere in the building, according to the report.
When he realized he had left the wallet, he reportedly returned and inquired with library staff, but it was not found.
He said he filed the report to show his wallet was stolen.
Mail theft reported on 105th Avenue
Yelm police responded to a call about a mail theft on Tuesday, January 11.
According to a police report, a woman informed officers that some of her mail was likely stolen from her residence on 105th Avenue.
The woman was expecting checks to be mailed to her from her bank and found they were missing from where they were supposed to be on her porch, according to the report.
The woman didn’t know if the checks had been sent to the wrong address or if they had been stolen, so she filed a police report.
The woman, however, reported that several forged checks had been cashed in her name and that she needed a police report to settle the associated charges with her bank.
There is no suspicious information at this time.
Golf Pro Shop Shoplifting Site
Yelm police responded to a robbery call Wednesday, Jan. 12 at the Tahoma Valley Golf Course.
According to a police report, a man was prowling the pro shop.
When the man was asked if he needed help, “the suspect then grabbed five heated vests from one of the racks near the front door and rushed to a white sedan in the parking lot,” the report said.
The man could have gotten into the vehicle and left before the employee could catch him, although a license plate number was obtained.
The case was forwarded to Yelm Police Department detectives for follow-up.
The man’s car tagged with spray paint
Yelm police responded to a vandalism call on Thursday, January 13 at Apex Grocery.
According to a police report, a man walked out of the store to find his car had been spray painted “around the entire vehicle”.
The man allegedly told officers that a teenager had been seen at the skate park when the vandalism was discovered, although he is unsure if he was involved.
Officers observed that the paint was gray, but appeared to have been applied to the vehicle hours before being notified, according to the report.
Officers noted the information and were reportedly told there was surveillance footage from the store’s parking lot, but it was possible the breach was not captured on video.
Officers evacuated the scene and did nothing else.
Edwards Street residence vandalized
Yelm police responded to a vandalism call on Friday, January 14.
According to a police report, a resident of Edwards Street reported that his fence had been spray-painted with graffiti.
Several slats of the man’s cedar fence were painted the night before he reported the incident.
Damage to the fence is estimated at $500.
There is currently no suspicious information. The report did not say whether there were any applicable home surveillance footage depicting the offence.