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Quincy Farmer Helps Catch Hay Thieves

GRANT COUNTY PRESS RELEASE:

QUINCY, Wash. – Grant County Sheriff's Deputies credit a vigilant farmer for helping to stop two men from stealing his hay.

Around 6:40 p.m. on Sunday Dec. 18, farmer Thomas Downs, who had been a hay theft victim before, was watching his property in the 6500 block of Adams Road North, about five miles east of Quincy. Downs noticed a pickup truck come onto his property without permission. That truck then backed up to a haystack. Believing the truck's occupants were going to steal hay, Downs called 9-1-1 and continued to watch under cover of darkness.

A sheriff's deputy on routine patrol was nearby and arrived a short time later. The deputy saw the pickup loaded with about two tons of alfalfa valued at over $500, and stopped the truck as it tried to leave.

The occupants of the truck, Lamar Dana, 29 of Ephrata, and David Gottschalk, 37 of Quincy, claimed they had permission to be on the property, which Downs denied. Dana and Gottschalk were arrested and lodged in the Grant County Jail on suspicion of third-degree theft and second degree criminal trespassing. Their truck was impounded and the hay was returned to Mr. Downs.

"This is another great example of alert citizens seeing a crime in progress and calling us right away so we can catch the alleged criminals," said Sheriff Tom Jones. "I really appreciate the partnerships we have built with the public to help stop crime."

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