The Gilbert Auto Honda dealership in College Place. The dealership, which opened in the summer of 2011, has since the start of this year been at the center of an ongoing series of legal disputes.
Photo by Andy Porter.
COLLEGE PLACE — Police arrested Timothy A. Beasley, 54, on investigation of breaking into Gilbert Honda in College place and stealing automotive tools.
According to Sgt. Bob Dutton, police began investigating the theft when another area car dealership contacted Walla Walla police to report a man had attempted to sell an automotive diagnostic tool that appeared to belong to Gilbert Honda.
Gilbert Honda closed earlier this year after being sued by American Honda Finance Corporation for breaching the dealership's wholesale finance agreements with Honda.
When College Place Police officers responded to the dealership, they found a rear-door window broken, and evidence that numerous tools had been stolen.
“There was also evidence of a dog (in the shop).” Dutton said, adding that officers quickly identified a white Toyota pickup as a suspect vehicle in the burglary.
Three hours after Walla Walla police notified them of the suspected theft, College Place police located the suspect Toyota parked behind Walmart.
“He was just camped there,” Dutton said. “He had a dog with him.”
Dutton said Beasley had numerous tools with Gilbert Honda stencils on them in the back of his truck.
Dutton added that police believe this was not the first load of tools Beasley had stolen, and that Gilbert Honda tools have been located at other dealerships in the Walla Walla area.
Officers arrested Beasley on investigation of first degree theft, first degree trafficking in stolen property and second degree burglary. He appeared in Walla Walla Superior Court this morning, where bail was set at $5,000.
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