Burglary leads to numerous arrests throughout Eastern WA

Scores of stolen property was recovered and a 42-year-old multiple offender is back in jail after undercover detectives witnessed him commit a burglary near Ephrata early Wednesday.

According to Grant County Sheriff's Office, Lamar Loomis of Ephrata was under surveillance by undercover detectives investigating several burglaries. Around 4:00 a.m. Wednesday they watched Loomis commit a burglary at the Ephrata Landfill, where Loomis had cut the fence to gain entry and then stole multiple items.

Detectives followed Loomis as he left the scene on a stolen ATV, and then watched Loomis transfer the stolen goods to a van. Detectives then followed Loomis’s van to the 1500 block of Arnold Drive in Moses Lake where patrol deputies arrested Loomis.

A search warrant on the home and van unearthed property stolen from several burglaries in Grant and Adams counties.

Loomis is lodged in the Grant County Jail for investigation of multiple counts of second-degree burglary, first-degree possession of stolen property, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Loomis has a long criminal history dating back many years.

“Detectives were following Loomis around for nearly thirty hours starting on Tuesday, and their hard work yielded great results,” said Sheriff Tom Jones. “Sometimes patience pays off in dividends, especially when we can take a long-time criminal off the street.”

The investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to call the Grant County Sheriff’s Office at 509-762-1160, or email crimetips@grantcountywa.gov. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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