Through investigative efforts, deputies were able to develop information regarding suspects who may had been involved with committing the burglary or possessing some of the stolen property. Deputies had information that some necklaces that had been stolen during the burglary in Ocean Park were hanging from the rear view mirror of a vehicle known to be driven by one of the suspects developed through investigative efforts regarding this case. Deputies went to a residence located in the 800 block of Bussone Lane in the Chinook area to speak with one of the suspects, identified as Kandiss Wardell, age 23. Deputies could see necklaces hanging from the rear view mirror of Wardell’s vehicle in the driveway. The necklaces were taken as evidence and shown to the victim of the burglary. The victim positively identified them.
The investigation then led deputies to a residence located in the 4100 block of 180th place in Long Beach. Deputies made contact with a female at the residence identified as Tracy L. Webb, age 45 in an attempt to recover more of the stolen property. An alert deputy noticed a ring on Webb’s finger that matched the description of one of the articles of jewelry stolen from the victim of the Ocean Park burglary. The ring was taken as evidence.
On October 29th, deputies served two search warrants in connection to the burglary. The first search warrant was served at the Bussone Lane address in Chinook. Deputies once again contacted Kandiss Wardell at that residence. Deputies seized another stolen ring from the burglary directly from Wardell’s finger. Deputies also located other stolen items from the burglary in Wardell’s residence that were identified by the victim. Deputies also located several articles of drug paraphernalia including suspected methamphetamine smoking devices and digital weight scales commonly used to weigh narcotics. They also located a small amount of methamphetamine. During the search warrant at the Chinook residence, deputies also contacted a male person identified as Darrin P. Nichols, age 25. Nichols was arrested for possession of methamphetamine.
The second search warrant was served at the residence located in the 4100 block of 180th Place in Long Beach. Deputies again contacted Tracy L. Webb at the residence. Deputies located suspected methamphetamine and several articles of drug paraphernalia at Webb’s residence. No other stolen items were located.
Kandiss Wardell was arrested for Possession of Stolen Property in the 2nd degree and Possession of Methamphetamine and was booked into the Pacific County Jail. Darrin P. Nichols was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine and booked into the Pacific County Jail. Tracy L. Webb was arrested for Possession of Stolen Property in the 2nd degree and for Possession of Methamphetamine. Webb was also booked into the Pacific County Jail.
The investigation of the Ocean Park burglary is still ongoing and deputies continue to follow up on leads regarding the incident.
Sheriff Scott Johnson lauded the investigative efforts and tenacity of the deputies conducting the investigation. Johnson stated, “Even though our patrol division remains critically understaffed, I am very proud of the commitment and professionalism that our deputies displayed while investigating this incident” “Our staff’s commitment to our citizens and community remain paramount and we will continue to provide our very best service to the public”.