Wearing allegedly stolen jewelry helps land three in jail

By Natalie St. John

EO Media Group

CHINOOK, Wash. — Two women traded necklaces and rings for locking stainless steel bracelets last week, after police allegedly caught them showing off jewelry that had been reported stolen.

Kandiss Lynn Atlass Wardell, 23, of Chinook, Washington, and Tracy Lynn Webb, 45, of Long Beach, were arrested Thursday for suspicion of methamphetamine possession and second degree possession of stolen property. Wardell’s friend, Darrin Paul Nichols, 25, was also arrested on suspicion of meth possession.

Thieves stole jewelry and other items from a home in the 27200 block of X Lane in Ocean Park in early October, according to the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office.

The burglary victim provided deputies with detailed descriptions of the missing pieces of jewelry, and that helped them close in on their suspects. During the course of their investigation, deputies learned the names of people who were rumored to have helped with the burglary, or taken possession of the stolen items.

When deputies went to visit one of the suspects — Wardell — at her residence in the 800 block of Bussone Lane in Chinook, they discovered a necklace hanging from the rear-view mirror of her parked car. Police confiscated the necklace as evidence. The victim later confirmed that it was one of the stolen items.

Deputies then went to visit Webb at her home in the 4100 block of 180th Place in Long Beach, in hopes of recovering more of the stolen property. While talking with Webb, an observant deputy noticed that she was wearing a ring that fit the description of a stolen item, and took it as evidence.

Last Thursday, deputies returned to the residences on Bussone Lane and 180th Place to serve search warrants.

While speaking with Wardell, deputies suspected that she was wearing another ring that had been reported stolen, and took it off of her finger. They also located other allegedly stolen items from the burglary inside her home, which the victim later identified.

Deputies also discovered suspected meth pipes, a small amount of suspected meth, and digital scales that are commonly used to weigh drugs for sale.

Deputies also located several articles of drug paraphernalia including suspected methamphetamine smoking devices and digital weight scales commonly used to weigh narcotics. The deputies arrested Nichols while searching the Chinook residence.

The second search warrant was then served at Webb’s Long Beach residence. Deputies found suspected meth and suspected drug paraphernalia at Webb’s residence, but did not find any additional stolen items.

Deputies are still following up on leads connected to the burglary.

In the press release, Sheriff Scott Johnson praised his deputies for their efforts.

“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,” Johnson said.

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