Sting operation leads to six arrests in Rainier
A home burglary in Rainier in December and subsequent sting operation led to the arrest of six suspects for burglary, theft, and drug possession charges.
When Columbia County Sheriff's deputies responded to a reported burglary Dec. 8 at the home of Terry Wyle Laurelwood Road in Rainier, it wasn't until weeks later on Dec. 27 that a call from a pawn shop in Washington provided key leads in the case, the Sheriff's Office reported.
A pawn shop in Longview, Wash. contacted the Sheriff's Office, reporting suspicious items had been pawned there. After a CCSO investigator visited the Washington shop, a suspect was identified, based on pawn shop records, a CCSO news release states.
Further investigation, coupled with a sting operation in which deputies responded to posts on social media selling some of the stolen goods, led detectives to arrest Glenn Barker, 33, of Rainier, along with Daniel Frederick Gomez, 43, also of Rainier, on various charges of burglary and theft. Gomez was also charged with possession of methamphetamine and endangering a minor. During the process, many of the stolen items were recovered, CCSO reported.
In addition to the items reported stolen from the Rainer home, investigators also seized a truck used in the initial burglary, which had more stolen items in it.
Gomez and Barker weren't the only suspects in the case.
Following the arrests, detectives served a search warrant on Gomez's home on Jan. 2 in the 73000 block of Lindberg Road in Rainier, which had been the subject of a previous narcotics team investigation. There, they found more than $10,000 worth of collectible memorabilia reported stolen the month prior from the home on Laurelwood Lane.
A car was seized, which contained more stolen items, CCSO reported via news release Monday.
During the warrant search, Desiree Kristine Kauffman, 27, of Rainier, and Vanessa Jeanette Zamora, 33, also of Rainier, were arrested. A 3-year-old at the home was placed in the custody of Department of Human Services child welfare division.
When deputies got a warrant to search the car taken from Gomez's home, where an estimated $3,000 to $4,000 more worth of stolen items were found, according to CCSO.
"The investigation is ongoing, and we expect to recover additional stolen items," Sgt. Brian Pixley stated in the news release.
During a separate narcotics team investigation, two more suspects— Rebecca Wynn, 30, and Bruce Arquette, 22, both from Rainier, were also arrested for drug delivery offenses on Dec. 28. Investigators believe they are linked to the burglary.
In all, six suspects were arrested in connection with the case, on the following charges:
Daniel Fredrick Gomez— Burglary I, aggravated theft I (two counts), burglary II, theft I, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a controlled Substance, and endangering the welfare of a minor;
David Glenn Barker— Burglary I, theft I (two counts), criminal mischief II, burglary II and theft I;
Vanessa Jeanette Zamora— Theft I, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a minor
Rebecca Lynn Wynn— Theft I (two counts)
Desiree Kristine Kauffman— Theft I, endangering the welfare of a minor and a felony fugitive warrant out of Washington state
Bruce Dylan Arquette— Theft I.