Suspect in Burglary, Theft of a Dozen Guns Held on $200,000 Bail

Seth T. Lloyd waves towards his friends and family in the gallery during his appearance in Lewis County Superior Court on Tuesday afternoon at the Lewis County Law and Justice Center in Chehalis.
Seth T. Lloyd waves towards his friends and family in the gallery during his appearance in Lewis County Superior Court on Tuesday afternoon at the Lewis County Law and Justice Center in Chehalis.

By Natalie Johnson/njohnson@chronline.com

A man accused of stealing 12 guns from a Chehalis home Saturday is being held in the Lewis County Jail on $200,000 bail on 15 felony charges.

Seth T. Lloyd, 30, of Centralia, was charged Tuesday in Lewis County Superior Court with 12 counts of theft of a firearm and one count each of residential burglary, first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of an unlawful firearm, specifically a short-barreled shotgun.

Lloyd was under supervision by the state Department of Corrections at the time of his arrest and has prior felony convictions for violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act, theft of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, second-degree burglary and second-degree theft, according to the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office.

Because of his criminal history and the nature of the current charges, the Prosecutor’s Office asked for bail to be set at $200,000. Superior Court Judge James Lawler set the bail as requested.

On Sunday, deputies from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a burglary the previous day at a home on Rose Marie Drive in Chehalis.

The residents of the house reported that they spent Saturday night away from the house, and returned at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday to find the residence had been entered and that 10 rifles and two handguns were taken from a gun cabinet.

The gun cabinet showed no signs of forced entry, according to court documents.

Deputies talked with two men who were working at the house Saturday who reported that they received a call from the suspect, who asked them to drive him somewhere. They told deputies they picked him up and took him to the Rose Marie Drive residence before taking him to another location.

On Monday, deputies learned that Lloyd asked a person to help him move the guns to a trailer park in Rochester.

Deputies obtained a search warrant and went to the trailer in question. They found the guns stolen from the Chehalis home in a vehicle, and also found an illegal short barrel shotgun, with a less-than-15-inch barrel, according to court documents.

Lloyd’s next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday morning.