Sequim police arrest one, seek another in automobile theft spree

One of two suspects is in custody after multiple alleged incidents in Sequim including multiple vehicle thefts on Thursday, May 5.

Joanie Squires, 33, of Tacoma was arrested around 5 pm. Thursday after crashing a vehicle into landscaping in front of Hurricane Ridge Veterinary Hospital on the corner of North Seventh Avenue and West Hendrickson Road.

Judge Brent Basden placed Squires on a 72-hour hold with bail set at $10,000 on Friday afternoon.

Deputy police chief Mike Hill said in a phone interview they anticipate recommending up to 12 charges to the Prosecuting Attorney’s office, including felony charges of attempting to elude a police vehicle and possession of a stolen vehicle. She’ll tentatively be charged on May 10 in Clallam County Superior Court with Harry Gasnick appointed as her defense attorney.

Deputy prosecuting attorney Sarah Woolman said in court Friday that Squires allegedly said she used methamphetamine and drank alcohol one hour-90 minutes before driving a stolen truck.

A 32-year-old male accomplice, not identified by authorities, remains at large after allegedly fleeing in another stolen vehicle out of the area, police report.

The silver GMC truck was found abandoned in Mason County on May 6, police report.

Sequim Police continue to investigate the whereabouts of the man and if he’s not located, they’ll issue an arrest warrant and name him then, Hill said.

He added the pair’s connection to Sequim is unknown as of Friday night.

Photo courtesy of Holly Shimer/ Sequim Police Officer Andrew Wagner attempts to stop an unnamed man on Thursday night outside Westside Pizza before the man sped off. The man allegedly stole the truck and eluded police throughout the city and remains at large.

Reported thefts

Sequim police officers report the couple came to Sequim allegedly in a stolen orange truck from Fife where it was seen around 9:30 a.m. Thursday near South Rhodefer Road when the pair allegedly stole power tools from a parked vehicle.

Police report the pair then allegedly stole a green pickup from a Sunnyside Avenue apartment building and at about 10:30 a.m. the male was seen on South Ninth Avenue via surveillance cameras unsuccessfully attempting to steal another vehicle.

A few minutes later the stolen green truck was abandoned on the 700 block of West Washington Street and the man allegedly stole a second vehicle and abandoned it a few blocks away.

Another vehicle, a silver GMC pickup, was reported stolen at 4:45 p.m. on the 200 block of West Bell Street.

Soon thereafter, Squires was allegedly seen driving the orange truck on the 1100 block of West Washington Street, and officers attempted to stop her.

She allegedly fled, officers report, as did the male who was spotted in the silver truck nearby.

Hill said updated state law prevented them from pursuing the vehicles because of the nonviolent severity of their crimes, so officers stopped pursuing them.

Police reported the couple allegedly fled east on Washington Street into oncoming traffic.

The man allegedly struck another vehicle with the driver uninjured on the 700 block of West Washington Street, police report. He turned towards Westside Pizza and was stuck in its landscaping with police demanding he exit, but he fled again, police report.

Squires drove the orange truck up North Seventh Avenue where she struck landscaping and a large rock in front of the veterinarian hospital where she was arrested.