Charges filed in theft of Sequim excavator, lawn mowers

Search warrant issued after items discovered

SEQUIM — A Tacoma man will be arraigned Friday on charges stemming from the thefts of an excavator from the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe Healing Clinic campus and four industrial-grade riding lawnmowers from Home Depot.

Calvin Leroy Larson, 33, was arrested a week ago for investigation of theft and burglary. His first appearance in court was on Thursday. He remained in the Clallam County jail on Monday with a bail of $50,000.

He has been charged with two counts of first-degree theft and one count of second-degree burglary.

Additional charges are possible, according to a press release from the Sequim Police Department.

The excavator from the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe Healing Clinic campus is valued at $29,000. The four industrial-grade riding lawnmowers are valued at $15,000.

All thefts occurred on or about Feb. 14, according to court documents.

The excavator stolen from the Jamestown Healing Center site at 526 S. Ninth Ave. in Sequim was discovered in the Diamond Point area later that day. Deputies obtained a search warrant for the Diamond Point property and, with assistance from the Sequim Police Department, recovered the excavator as well as riding lawn mowers recently stolen from Home Depot in Sequim, deputies said.

Larson was identified through video surveillance and witness/suspect interviews, according to a press release from the Sequim Police Department.

A warrant for his arrest was issued. Sequim Detective Rick Larsen and other detectives with the Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team (OPNET) were assisted by Pierce County Department of Corrections Officers in apprehending Larson, according to the release.

Authorities found a firearm during the arrest, according to the release, and charges out of Pierce County are expected.

Larson is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to 11 previous felony convictions, including robbery, theft and trafficking in stolen property.

The Sequim Police Department planned to work with the Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to determine if additional charges would be filed in the case.

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