A Port Townsend man was arrested June 30 in connection with the alleged theft of three vehicles over the past several weeks, according to a post on the Facebook page for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
When arrested in Port Hadlock, police said 35-year-old David Jevne was found to be in possession of a large quantity of suspected methamphetamine and a scale.
The arrest was the result of collaboration between the Sheriff’s Office and the Port Townsend Police Department.
The first car theft occurred on June 21 when a Port Townsend resident reported a truck had been stolen sometime overnight. That truck was later located in Brinnon, with several items from it, including a tool box, still missing.
On June 29, a Port Townsend resident in the 2700 block of Hastings Avenue reported a Ford F350 had been stolen from outside their house. It had been left unlocked with the keys underneath a mat in the truck.
The next day, at 5:14 a.m., a caller in the 2100 block of Victoria Avenue reported a white Volkswagen Jetta had been stolen from outside their house while it was running and warming up. The victim was struck with his own vehicle as the driver sped away, and the Jetta owner sustained minor injuries, according to the post on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
As Port Townsend police were patrolling the area, they located the Ford F350 nearby that had been stolen the day prior. In the bed of the truck were several items not belonging to the owner of the truck.
Two hours later, also on June 30, a caller on Ivy Street reported the items that had been found in the bed of the truck had actually been stolen from the caller’s shop.
A police informant helped identify Jevne as a suspect. He was located by sheriff’s deputies in Hadlock later that day. He fled but was apprehended and found in possession of seven plastic bags of what appeared to be methamphetamine and a scale.
He was also allegedly found in possession of the keys of the stolen Ford F350, as well as items from the Jetta.
Information from a police informant led deputies to an address near the airport where they believed Jevne was concealing stolen property. At that address, deputies recovered the stolen white Jetta as well as items taken from the car recovered in Brinnon the week before.
Jevne was charged July 1 with theft of a motor vehicle, first-degree robbery, possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, and possession of stolen property in the second degree.