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Port Angeles Washington - Arrest for 01 03 22 Unlawful Firearm Possession and Possession of Stolen Firearm 23 May 2022 ( news )
Port Angeles , state Washington ( By Press Release office)
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PAPD 21 - 21884 and PAPD 21 - 21768
On December 24 , 2021 PAPD Officers were dispatched to a local general store regarding a shoplift complaint . Sgt . Tom Kuch arrived and was escorted by staff to the sporting goods section . Staff identified a shoplift suspect and requested he be issued a 3 year trespass notice . He contacted a subject known to him as Nathan O . Reid ( 24 years old and from Port Angeles ) . Reid was observed to be in possession of a Ruger Bearcat . 380 caliber handgun .
Reid was issued a 3 year trespass notice for the store in question . Officers at the time lacked probable cause to arrest Reid . Officers recovered the handgun that Reid left in the store .
Subsequent investigation determined that the handgun had been reported stolen in a vehicle burglary ( car prowl ) on December 22nd , 2021 and based on criminal history check Reid was determined to be prohibited by State and Federal law to be in possession of a firearm .
Reid was later located at a different store by PAPD Officers and placed under arrest . He was booked into the Clallam County Jail for RCW 9A . 56 . 310 Possession of a Stolen Firearm and RCW 9 . 41 . 40 . 1A ( 5212 ) Unlawful Possession of a Firearm .
This case illustrates the value of business working with area law enforcement to both prevent , interdict and solve crimes . In this case store personnel suspected recent shoplifting incidents , called PenCom and requested that an officer respond , and exercised their authority as a representative the property owner to put the subject on notice that he was trespassed from the store for 3 years . This led to officers observing the subject in possession of the stolen firearm and the recovery of the stolen firearm .
The above was among Sgt . Tom Kuch last cases prior to his December 26 , 2021 last patrol .
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