WALLA WALLA — A man and woman are being held in lieu of $50,000 in connection with a home invasion robbery in Waitsburg early on Friday.
Deputies with the Walla Walla and Columbia County sheriff’s offices arrested David D. Cloyd, 39, and Jane L. Stone, 49, on suspicion of first-degree burglary and second-degree robbery.
They appeared in Walla Walla County Superior Court this morning.
According to court documents, dispatchers received a call from Jacob LuJan shortly before 1 a.m. Friday at his home in the 100 block of Murphy Street. LuJan reported an unknown assailant had shoved him down and stole his wallet. When a Walla Walla County deputy arrived, he spotted a blue Toyota pickup leaving the area and made contact with a female driver.
While speaking with the woman in the truck, the deputy noticed a man in another truck near LuJan’s home. The deputy gave the license plate of the woman’s truck to dispatch, and contacted the man in the other truck.
LuJan identified the man as a neighbor and said he was not involved. A short time later, Columbia County deputies reported they stopped the blue Toyota near Dayton and a man had fled from the vehicle.
Deputies found LuJan’s wallet on the floor of the truck, according to court documents.
The woman, identified as Jane Stone, said the man, whom she identified as David Cloyd, had jumped into her truck at an intersection and threatened her. A short time later, deputies found Cloyd attempting to flee the area on a bicycle and arrested him on investigation of first-degree burglary, second degree-robbery and second-degree theft.
Meanwhile, a resident of the 800 block of Preston Avenue in Waitsburg had contacted deputies to report seeing a man matching Cloyd’s description running on Highway 12 toward Dayton, according to court documents.
The information placed Cloyd more than a quarter-mile from where Stone said he’d jumped into her truck and threatened her. Stone later recanted her story, according to the documents, stating that she had asked Cloyd to steal lawn ornaments she claimed had been stolen from her.
Stone told deputies that she had no idea that Cloyd was going to steal from LuJan, and that he did threaten her when she stopped at a residence east of Waitsburg.
Deputies placed Stone, wanted on a Chelan County warrant, was arrested for investigation of robbery and burglary as well.
Luke Hegdal can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 526-8326.