Golfers foil water tanker heist near Issaquah

July 26, 2011

By Staff

State troopers arrested a Bellingham man and a Richland man near Issaquah early July 19 after motorists headed to a golf tournament noticed a water tanker from a Kennewick construction company on the wrong side of the Cascades.

The state patrol heard about the wayward tanker after employees from the construction company noticed the vehicle on Interstate 90 near North Bend.

The men, employees for general contractor Apollo Inc., noticed the vehicle traveling westbound as they headed to a golf tournament near Seattle.

The company did not have any construction projects in Western Washington, so the men made several calls to ongoing constructions to account for water tankers. The crew at a Yakima construction site reported a missing tanker.

So, the golfers called 911 and followed the tanker until troopers stopped the vehicle near Issaquah.

Troopers arrested the driver, a 27-year-old Richland man, Collin J. Simanton, and a 20-year-old Bellingham man, Christopher Siewert. Simanton told police they were headed to the Seattle Aquarium.

Authorities booked the men into the King County Jail for first-degree possession of stolen property. Meanwhile, the Yakima Police Department is investigating the stolen vehicle incident.

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