After spending the night in the woods, a 21-year-old Aberdeen man was arrested Saturday for robbing and vandalizing a Shelton convenience store.
A news release says a male subject entered the AM/PM convenience store on Wallace Kneeland Boulevard at approximately 2:50 AM on Saturday, May 2. The man was carrying a baseball bat and once inside, walked around the counter and began smashing the cash register.
Store employees confronted the suspect by throwing merchandise at him. The suspect jumped over the counter, and fled on foot. A Shelton Police K9 unit tracked the subject to the area surrounding the airport but was unable to locate him. A suspect description was then given to area enforcement agencies.
At about 9:15 AM, a Mason County Sheriff’s deputy was near the airport and saw a male, soaking wet, exit a nearby wooded area. The male matched the suspect description. The deputy watched as the suspect entered a nearby vehicle and drove away. The deputy stopped the vehicle for traffic violations, and contacted Shelton Police.
Shelton Police were able to use photos obtained from the store’s surveillance cameras and additional evidence to identify the suspect. Plus the male driver was wearing the same clothing as the suspect in the robbery.
The man was booked into Mason County Jail on robbery and vandalism charges.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Lawson at (360) 432-5138 or the Shelton Police Department at (360) 426-4441.