Theft of gas cans leads to solved missing vehicle case
The report of theft of two gas cans led to the recovery of a stolen vehicle out of Washington last week and a man arrested for drug charges.
According to the Columbia County Sheriffs Office, a Goble resident reported two gas cans stolen Tuesday, Oct. 13, and provided a deputy of a photo of the possible suspect, along with the suspects vehicle.
A deputy investigated and found that the pickup truck in the photo was actually a vehicle that was reported stolen out of Longview, Wash. The truck had been spotted in the area daily, according to a sheriffs report.
The sheriffs deputy searched for the truck and told other law enforcement agencies of the investigation.
The following day, the Sheriffs Office dog control officer spotted the vehicle. Other deputies responded, with the help of a Columbia City police officer, and arrested James McCullough.
The stolen truck was painted from its original color and had a stolen canopy on it, according to the Sheriffs Office. The suspect was also in
possession of methamphetamine.
McCullough was arrested and booked into the Columbia County Jail on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, unauthorized use of a vehicle, possession of methamphetamine, theft II and two counts of criminal mischief.