Stolen Postal Service vehicle recovered at Fred Meyer
A U.S. Postal Service SUV was stolen from the driveway of a Columbia City home last Friday, July 27, and later found at the Fred Meyer parking lot in Scappoose.
Scappoose police officers were dispatched following the report of a stolen white Subaru last week, which was taken from a postal service employee's driveway.
Police say they found the Subaru unattended near the bottle return area of the Fred Meyer parking lot around 4 p.m. last Friday. A few minutes later, 37-year-old Joshua Hayes entered the car and police boxed in the vehicle and took Hayes into custody.
"Hayes was found with shaved keys, which are used for stealing cars, several concealed knives and methamphetamine on his person," a news release from the police department states. "The vehicle was returned to the owner and Hayes was lodged at the Columbia County Jail on several charges."
The vehicle was spotted on the highway by a resident who saw it driving from Warren into Scappoose and suspected it was stolen, according to the police report.
Earlier that day, Columbia City police took a report of the stolen U.S. Postal Service vehicle.
Hayes, of Scappoose, was booked into jail on charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle, unlawful entry into a vehicle, criminal trespass, theft, possession of burglary tools and methamphetamine, and two counts of carrying a concealed weapon and felon in possession of a restricted weapon.
As of Wednesday, Hayes's bail was set at $7,800.
Court records show Hayes is a repeat offender who was charged for five different crimes in 2017, stemming from charges of drug possession, stealing vehicles, driving under the influence and driving with a suspended or revoked license.