3 arrested in roofing shingles theft at Toppenish hardware store
TOPPENISH, Wash. - Police say they have arrested three individuals who were trying to steal roofing material from a Toppenish hardware store to build a chicken coop.
A Yakama Indian Nation Police Officer witnessed three men Thursday morning, loading the rear of a truck with roofing shingles at Ideal Lumber, according to the Toppenish Police Department.
Toppenish police responded after the officer stopped the truck at the Top Mart on First Avenue around 6:39 a.m.
Investigators said the suspects cut through the fence, stacked roofing material onto the trailer, covered it with weeds to disguise it and stacked a few more shingles.
Store representatives had also called TPD to report the suspicious trailer next to the cut fence, according to police.
Investigators also learned the truck and trailer in the incident was reported stolen out of Yakima.
Police arrested Ian Alexander Riebe, 36, of Yakima, James Arlen Mann, 40, of Wenatchee, and Zakkarie Ryan Randolph, 25, of Moxee.
When asked why they were stealing the shingles, one of the suspects said he needed them to build a chicken coop.
Police say the men have been booked into Yakima County Jail on several felony and misdemeanor charges.