Port Angeles man pleads guilty to stolen car possession

By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — A Port Angeles man has been sentenced to just less than four years in prison after he pleaded guilty this week to possessing two stolen cars.

Joshua Michael Wilson, 31, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and one count of second-degree identity theft.

He was sentenced to 3.75 months in prison, with 12 months of community service.

Wilson also will pay $1,300 in court fees and victim restitution, with further restitution to be determined at a court hearing in December, according to documents filed in Clallam County Superior Court.

The charges stem from Wilson’s involvement in the theft of two cars reported stolen in August.

Seeking second man

The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office is still seeking a second man thought to be involved in the thefts who fled from a deputy when Wilson was arrested Aug. 26, said Sgt. John Keegan with the Sheriff’s Office.

“I don’t think that we’ve identified who that individual is yet,” Keegan said Saturday.

“We’ve narrowed it down to a couple of different people.”

Sheriff’s investigators believe the first stolen car, a 1992 red Honda sedan, was driven to Graysmarsh Farm in Sequim and abandoned in the early morning hours of Aug. 26.

The Honda had been reported stolen the morning of Aug. 25 from a home on Crescent Beach Road about 37 miles to the west.

The Honda was found wrecked along Holland Road about a mile from Graysmarsh Farm.

That same morning, a Ford Windstar minivan was stolen from a farm employee living near the farm and later found in the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter at 2411 Kolonels Way, Port Angeles, according to sheriff’s deputies.

Wilson was arrested in the parking lot after a brief foot chase in which a second man, described as a “person of interest” in the car thefts, escaped.

Newly purchased socks, the credit card stolen from the Graysmarsh Farm employee and a receipt for the socks with a matching credit card number were found in the van after Wilson was arrested, deputies said.

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Reporter Jeremy Schwartz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5074, or at jschwartz@peninsuladailynews.com.

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