Police arrest two for package thefts

‘Suspicious vehicle,’ was following UPS truck

Washougal police officers arrested two people for stealing packages in the 700 block of “G” Street two days before Christmas.

Officers responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle following a UPS truck as it delivered packages. The vehicle, described as a 1990s light blue Ford Explorer with a temporary tag in the rear window, was being driven by a female with a male passenger.

The vehicle was located and stopped in the 700 block of G Street. No one witnessed the couple taking packages. However, during the investigation, stolen property was recovered in the vehicle. Its rightful owner was contacted and the Christmas gifts returned.

Danielle Rose Smith-Swanson, 29, of Portland, and James Edward Martin, 70, of Battle Ground, are charged with third-degree theft and possession of stolen property. Martin faces an additional charge of weapon possession, while Smith-Swanson faces charges of possession of a controlled substance and driving while suspended.

Both were booked into the Clark County Jail.

It was the second time in a week Washougal Police had made an arrest related to the theft of delivered packages. They advise anyone expecting packages to have them delivered to their work or a neighbor who is home.