A 19-year-old Bellingham man was arrested in the Oak Harbor Walmart parking Jan. 7 on suspicion of stealing a truck in Anacortes, according to court documents.
An Anacortes business owner reported to Anacortes police that the truck had been stolen and she also posted information about it on the internet.
She received a tip that it was parked in the Walmart parking lot in Oak Harbor and notified police, court documents state.
After locating the unoccupied truck, three officers set up surveillance. Eventually a man, later identified as Aaron W. Julian, approached the vehicle and was arrested by the officers, according to a report by the Oak Harbor police.
Julian told the police that he found the truck parked by the side of the road and took it, the report states.
Police searched Julian and found the truck keys, a baggie of suspected methamphetamine, someone else’s debit card, a glass pipe, a can of butane and a portable power pack, according to the report.
Julian allegedly told officers that he found the debit card on the sidewalk and he had stolen the butane and power pack from Walmart, the report states.
According to the report, Julian had been arrested two days prior by Anacortes police on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle and driving without a license. His criminal history includes possession of a stolen vehicle and three counts of taking a motor vehicle without permission.
Julian appeared in Island County Superior Court Jan. 8 and the judge found probable cause existed to believe he committed the crimes of possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of meth, possession of stolen property and theft in the third degree.
Julian was released without bail. Court documents indicate he has not been charged in Island County.