Vehicle recovered by alert cop

A Sunnyside resident has an alert Zillah Police officer to thank for the recovery of his stolen vehicle.

While on patrol Wednesday, July 25, officer Jacob Olivas spotted a vehicle parked by the Zillah Tea Pot and decided to stop and check its registration.

In a narrative submitted to Yakima County Superior Court later that morning, Olivas said the driver, later identified as Veronica Alexandria Ramirez, 25, exited the vehicle.

She told Olivas she needed to use the restroom. While she was inside, he learned the vehicle she’d been in was reported stolen by a Sunnyside resident, records show.

Olivas requested back-up, and when Ramirez came out of the restroom, he arrested her, records show.

Inside the vehicle, Olivas said he located drugs and drug paraphernalia, as well as a .410 Sears bolt action shotgun.

The drug paraphernalia was destroyed by police, and the gun was not listed as stolen.

Olivas requested Ramirez be charged for possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Judge Michael G. McCarthy decided there wasn’t enough probable cause to charge Ramirez.



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