Hermiston Man Faces Slew of Felony Charges Related to Police Theft

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A 10-month investigation has led to the arrest of a Hermiston man in connection with a theft from the Kennewick Police Department.

Naythan Olney

The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office arrested Naythan Allen Olney, 36, on Monday at 78626 Agnew Road in Hermiston on felony charges of theft by receiving, criminal conspiracy, three counts of possession of a stolen vehicle and first-degree theft. The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office has been investigating Olney since late January this year for his suspected involvement in the theft of a cargo trailer and two snowmobiles from the Kennewick Police Department.

On Jan. 21, 2017, the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office recovered the stolen cargo trailer in a field off Colonel Jordan Road in Hermiston after a citizen recognized the stolen trailer from a Kennewick PD Facebook post and reported it to sheriff’s office dispatch. The sheriff’s office also recovered both stolen snowmobiles shortly afterward.

On Monday, the Umatilla County Sheriff’s office also received a report of a stolen 2014 Isuzu NPR Box Truck. The owner of the vehicle reported that he hired Olney, an unemployed diesel mechanic, to perform work on the vehicle with the condition that the vehicle would remain at Olney’s residence while being worked on. The owner reported the vehicle had since disappeared.

As a result, Olney will also face a felony charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Olney was lodged at the Umatilla County Jail.

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