August 1, 2017
Writer/Contact: Pat Matlock, Chief Criminal Deputy
Pacific County Sheriff’s Office
(360) 875-9398 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputies Investigate a Suspicious Person and Solve a Burglary and Vehicle Theft
Ocean Park, WA. – On July 25th, deputies responded to a report of a residential burglary in the 18200 block of Sandridge road. The victim of the burglary advised that she had returned home to find her front door open and her side garage door open.
Deputies investigated and processed the scene and it was clear that several items had been stolen from the residence according to the victim. Several articles of jewelry were stolen as well as a small safe and a pink suitcase. Both the residence and the garage had been tampered with.
On July 26th, deputies noticed a suspicious male subject standing near a vehicle behind a closed business in the Ocean Park area. The deputies contacted the suspicious male and spoke with him. After speaking with the suspicious male he was released. A short time later, the deputies decided to return to the vehicle to see if it had been tampered with. The deputies checked the registration for the vehicle and discovered that the vehicle was listed as stolen out of the Vancouver, Washington area. They also noticed that the ignition to the vehicle appeared to have been manipulated.
One of the deputies then went to re-locate the subject that they had just contacted to further interview him about the vehicle. The other deputy stayed with the vehicle to process it for evidence. The deputy that was processing the vehicle for evidence located a pink suitcase full of jewelry in the trunk of the vehicle. The deputy also located a camera with the recent burglary victim’s name on it. The deputy also recovered a small amount of heroin and methamphetamine from the vehicle along with used syringes.
A short time later, the subject that the deputies had contacted prior was located and detained. The subject was identified as Noel A. Sampson, age 31 of Long Beach. Sampson was found to be wearing a piece of the stolen jewelry around his neck that the burglary victim had described. Upon further interviewing, Sampson admitted to burglarizing the residence and stealing items. Sampson described how he entered the residence as well. Sampson also later led deputies to more stolen property from the residence at a different location.
Sampson also admitted to stealing the recovered vehicle from the Vancouver, Washington area days earlier. Sampson was transported to the Pacific County Jail for booking for several charges relating to burglary, theft and possession of narcotics. His bail has been set at 100,000.00.
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