Raymond Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the burglary at Sagen’s Pharmacy (515 Commercial St.), which was broken into on Christmas morning. Arrested was Ronald Lee Smith, 52, of Raymond. Smith is charged with Burglary in the Second Degree and Possession of Burglary Tools.
According to Raymond Police Chief Chuck Spoor, “A substantial amount of Black Hills gold jewelry was recovered.”
“Sometime after 9 a.m. there was a ‘smash and grab’ type of situation,” Chief Spoor said. “The case is still under investigation. We believe there are additional suspects.”
Smith was arrested after he allegedly tried to sell the jewelry to a jewelry store in Aberdeen. “They were suspicious and they contacted the Aberdeen Police Department,” Chief Spoor said. The case containing the jewelry was recovered in the Willapa River near Subway.
The Raymond Police obtained a search warrant for Smith’s residence last Friday and additional evidence was obtained, according to Chief Spoor.
Raymond Police responded to a report of a burglary at approximately 11:34 a.m. on Christmas morning. The burglary is believed to have occurred around 9 a.m.
A display case full of jewelry was taken and entry was gained through the right front glass door, which was smashed open.
Some of the stolen property was recovered at a business in Aberdeen.
Raymond Police recovered more evidence at Smith’s residence in Raymond.
The South Bend and Aberdeen police departments assisted on the case. “The Aberdeen Police Department was a great help,” Spoor said.
“If you have any information about this burglary you are requested to contact the Pacific County Dispatch to get you in touch with a Raymond Police Officer,” Spoor added.
Chief Spoor said that there have been other burglaries in Raymond the past three months, including one in the Riverview area and on Route 6. Spoor said that burglaries in the city are actually down in 2012, but that vehicle prowls have increased. “We’re all working pretty closely; they’re all interrelated,” Spoor said.
In a separate case, Josh Stigall, 29, South Bend, was arrested and jailed for Possession of Stolen Property and for Traffic of stolen Property December 26. Stigall was arrested by the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office.