Two Olympia men were arrested Monday after a state Department of Fish and Wildlife officer found them locked out of a stolen U-Haul truck.
The wildlife officer found the truck parked on U.S. Highway 12 about 9 miles west of the State Route 410 junction around 5:45 p.m., according to a probable-cause statement filed by the Washington State Patrol. The men said they were locked out of the truck, and their efforts to get in were not successful, the statement said.
A records check found the truck was reported stolen out of Tumwater. The wildlife officer placed the men under arrest and held them until troopers arrived. Troopers determined the truck had been linked to burglaries in the Tumwater and Chehalis areas, the statement said, and found several burglary tools in the back of the van and outside on the ground, the affidavit said.
Based on the location of the van, troopers determined the men could not have walked to it, and booked the men, ages 41 and 39, into the Yakima County jail on suspicion of possessing a stolen motor vehicle.
Yakima County Superior Court Judge Richard Bartheld set bail at $10,000 for each of the men during a preliminary appearance in Yakima County Superior Court.