Mattawa Rancher Catches Metal Thieves - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Mattawa Rancher Catches Metal Thieves

GRANT COUNTY, Wash. - A Mattawa-area rancher helped authorities nab two suspected metal thieves early Friday morning. According to the Grant County Sheriff's Office, the two men allegedly stole about $6,000 worth of metal from the rancher's property.

Around 4 a.m. Friday the rancher was out on his property when he noticed a pickup truck and trailer come on to his property and drive to a location where the man stored equipment. He watched as the truck and trailer left the property, loaded with metal and other materials.

"Many thieves rely on the cover of darkness to help conceal their crimes," said Grant Co. Sheriff, Tom Jones.

The rancher followed the suspects to a remote area in Benton County. He then called 911 and deputies responded.  They arrested Michael D. Wallace of the Tri Cities and Scott W. Ferguson of Asotin. The two were booked in the Grant County Jail on charges of first degree theft.

Sheriff Jones said "keeping alert, like this rancher did, is a key step to stopping property thefts. In the end, the farmer's diligence made a big difference and helped us catch two suspected bad guys." 

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