Accused Clinton loader thief charged

A 50-year-old Sedro-Woolley man is accused of stealing a large piece of machinery from a friend and selling it for scrap in 2012, court documents state.

Prosecutors charged Marty J. Conard in Island County Superior Court March 7 with trafficking in stolen property in the first degree and theft in the second degree.

A Clinton resident reported in April of 2012 that his log loader had been stolen, according to a report from the Island County Sheriff’s Office.

The man reported that he asked several friends, including Conard, for help locating it. He claimed Conard had been interested in buying it earlier, but said he didn’t know what happened to it; Conard even said he thought a South Whidbey resident was hiding it on his property, the report states.

The log loader was found, with help from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, at a recycling company in Blaine. Conard allegedly sold the machine to the company for $4,000.

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