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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 Sheriff’s 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 suspect’s 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 sheriff’s report.

COLUMBIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE PHOTO - A pickup truck reported stolen from Washington was recovered by a Columbia County Sheriff deputy last week. A suspect was booked into jail on charges of theft and methamphetamine.The sheriff’s deputy searched for the truck and told other law enforcement agencies of the investigation.

The following day, the Sheriff’s 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 Sheriff’s 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.