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Posted: Friday, June 7, 2013 9:00 am

DOUGLAS - Three suspects, including a Ephrata man, were arrested Tuesday morning in a raid of two Douglas homes carried out by SWAT teams from Douglas and Grant counties.

The raid stems from several months of ongoing investigation of a rash of thefts and burglaries in rural Douglas County.

Lamar J. Loomis, 37, of Ephrata, was arrested on charges of possession of stolen property, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has investigated more than a dozen complaints of burglaries and thefts of metal, tools and farm implements, according to Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal. Numerous resident complaints led to a search warrant of two residences located in the 100 and 200 blocks of South Douglas Road, about 45 miles northwest of Ephrata.

Investigators had reason to believe convicted felons were residing in the homes, a mobile home and a large ranch consisting of a house and numerous barns and other buildings, Gjesdal said. They also believed the suspects staying at the ranch were armed.

SWAT teams were used to dissuade any armed suspects from resisting officers and to deal with any threat that could arise, Gjesdal said. Douglas County SWAT were able to gain entry to the ranch through a reinforced metal door with multiple locks.

In addition to Loomis, two other suspects were arrested during the search and large amount of stolen items and drugs were found, according to Gjedal. One suspect attempted to flee on a four-wheeler, but was apprehended by Grant County SWAT.

Cable L. Daling, 26, of Waterville, was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a loaded rifle in a vehicle.

Theresa I. Deich, 23, of Waterville, was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Investigators also found a makeshift laser device mounted to a rifle stock on a tripod, which appeared to be pointed at one of the RiverCom dispatch relay towers, according to Gjedal.

The list of stolen items recovered included a 1999 Chevy Blazer stolen from Yakima, another vehicle rebuilt with stolen parts, a rifle, power tools, camera and miscellaneous shop equipment.

Investigators also seized a large amount of suspected methamphetamine and there was evidence of possible meth lab operations and an old marijuana grow.

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests and charges are expected, according to Gjesdal.

Gjesdal added he is grateful to his deputies, records staff, the emergency management specialist and all of the outside agencies who assisted.

"I also want to thank the citizens who kept us informed of what was going on in their community and who encouraged and supported law enforcement in our efforts," Gjesdal said.

Personnel from the Douglas, Chelan, Grant, Okanogan and Adams County sheriff's offices, Wenatchee and East Wenatchee police departments, the State Patrol, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and Humane Society Animal Control assisted in the search.

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  • drNPD posted at 4:34 am on Sat, May 31, 2014.

    drNPD Posts: 3

    fuzzy I get your outrage and sorry for your loss. i have had similar experience know someone that had was involved in metal thefts by taking cash in leui of checks from the scrappers. The value of the metal was 130k. He tried to kill two of his exs has four children that he not paid one dime of child support in seven years and because of a friends connection he has been allowed to get out of trouble for YEARS over and over again and even got his child support to the tune of 90k overturned. The amazing part is the guy is a local "professional" that has the ability to make $200/hr but choses instead to under report income and sell metal for cash to avoid supporting his children. In this case the Sheriffs Department also did a fantastic job and did their job all for nothingā€¦. the judges let it all slideā€¦nothing like being victimized all over

  • fuzzyslippers posted at 11:51 am on Mon, Jun 10, 2013.

    fuzzyslippers Posts: 17

    Thank you---we weren't aware of the Sentencing Act and maybe this time it will do some good. Currently, Lamar's partner in crime is awaiting trial (he was arrested after Lamar's first trial), and we currently have a letter which says that on June 10, (ironically that's today) "the defendant in the above mentioned case may change his or her plea in the near future. The change of plea is scheduled for 6/10/13."
    We can't attend but the prosecutor's office will let us know the results. We are kept up to date when we get frequent letters from the Victim/Witness unit. Seeing how hard our law enforcement (from deputies right on up through the court system) is so discouraging to us.
    Again, thank you for your kind words and helpful suggestions.

  • allbull posted at 6:45 am on Mon, Jun 10, 2013.

    allbull Posts: 28


    I'm sorry for your loss.
    I suggest you speak with Sen Holmquist and Rep's Warrnick and Manweiler. The Legislature passed a Sentancing Act that multiplies the seriousness of the crime and the past history of the person and gives the judge a range they have to follow. Sounds like their social engeneering didn't work in this case.

  • fuzzyslippers posted at 12:00 pm on Sun, Jun 9, 2013.

    fuzzyslippers Posts: 17

    To Mr. Bull,
    Sorry for all the "missing" info. I know the difference between judges--they are the ones who hand down the sentences.
    Yes, he was arrested. (Made bail.) Trial: Yes, he was found guilty. Sentenced: Yes, I believe he got one year. When we left the courtroom, we were so disgusted that we hoped he'd be locked up and the key thrown away. He's gotten away with this for YEARS in our area and always eluded the officers or escaped charges.
    We just had lost our son and in our panic and grief, placed his belongings in storage until we could think more clearly. That night he and his "cronies" broke in, and stole a large TV, stereo, and other items of value. Didn't matter to us what the monetary value was, because our son worked hard (something Lamar has never done) and took care of his belongings. We just wanted them because they were our sons. If you've ever been a parent who has had to bury their child, you'd understand.
    That is pretty much more than I care to say. And that was the reason I didn't say more.
    Thank you.

  • allbull posted at 3:36 pm on Fri, Jun 7, 2013.

    allbull Posts: 28


    Judges don't charge people, prosecutors do. Was the guy convicted? Sentenced?
    Lot of missing info here.

  • fuzzyslippers posted at 10:49 am on Fri, Jun 7, 2013.

    fuzzyslippers Posts: 17

    This career-criminal creep Lamar Loomis was involved in a trial in 2011 in Grant county. I know---I was there as we were victims too. WHY isn't he in prison--or will the local judges wait until he kills someone before they charge him with an offense that has some teeth in it? Disgusted isn't even the word. Sad too because our sheriff's department works so hard to investigate and clearly risk their lives, only to have Lamar walk free. Maybe this time he won't be so lucky. We hope.


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