Arrest takes a bite out of car thefts

WALLA WALLA – Daniel L. Strain, 33, of Walla Walla, who was arrested earlier this week for investigation of a truck stolen from Milton-Freewater by College Place police. He now faces charges in three cases, and more could follow. Walla Walla County Prosecuting Attorney Jim Nagle said Strain’s bail has been set at $20,000 for each case against him, totaling $60,000.

Court records indicate Strain has a lengthy criminal history. He was arrested in 2018 by Washington State Patrol for being in possession of a vehicle stolen from Umatilla County. He failed to appear in court and a warrant was issued for his arrest. A warrant was also issued for Strain related to the theft of a John Deere ATV in September.

On Tuesday, CPPD officers searched the residence at 510 S.E. Sixth Street where the stolen truck was parked. The search was carried out with the permission of the tenant. Strain was found hiding in a closet. Court records indicate several shaved keys were found as well as two other stolen vehicles.

Currently, Strain is charged with at least two counts of possession of a stolen vehicle, two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, one count of attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, and second-degree criminal trespass.