Suspect Charged in Theft of $40,000 Worth of Property at Vader Home

By The Chronicle

A suspect in a Vader burglary in which $40,000 worth of property and firearms was taken made his first appearance Thursday afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court.

Dustin I. Wynn, 42, of Woodland, was charged with two counts of residential burglary, first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm and first-degree trafficking in stolen property.

Superior Court Judge Andrew Toynbee granted him $25,000 bail.

A second defendant in the case has not yet made her first court appearance.

Wynn was charged in a March 9 burglary at a property in the 1000 block of state Route 506 in Vader. Deputies from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the property to find it had been “ransacked,” according to court documents.

More than a dozen firearms, two vehicles, household items, jewelry and other items were stolen from the property. The items valued at more than $40,000, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

One of the missing firearms was found during the execution of a search warrant in Cowlitz County. A woman was charged in Cowlitz County with unlawful possession of a firearm. Deputies from Lewis County interviewed her, and she reportedly led them to Wynn.

She said Wynn contacted her and asked to trade stolen items for methamphetamine.

The woman reported Wynn had women’s shoes, costume jewelry and antique model cars, all items reported stolen from the Vader residence.

She reported that they went back to the residence and took more items, according to court documents.

The woman also told deputies Wynn offered to trade her stolen firearms from the residence for methamphetamine several days later.

Wynn was arrested April 15 with the help of the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office, Kelso Police Department and Longview Street Crimes Unit, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

On Tuesday, deputes learned Wynn pawned a necklace stolen from the residence in Longview, according to court documents.