Lumber prices have more than tripled over the past year. So “it was only a matter of time” before thieves took note, said the King County Sheriff’s Office.
Earlier this month, deputies arrested a man trying to get away with more than $2,300 worth of wood from a locked lumber yard, the Sheriff’s Office said Thursday in a Facebook post.
“We’ve seen this with copper prices a number of years ago,” King County sheriff’s Sgt. Tim Meyers told KING 5. “We saw this with catalytic converter thefts as those minerals spiked, and our concern is that lumber thefts are going to be the new catalytic converter thefts as thieves try to profit in this spike in cost.”
Catalytic converters, however, don’t usually require a truck to cart away.
On June 1, an employee of Dunn Lumber on North 185th Street in Shoreline called dispatchers around 3:30 a.m. The employee was watching a live camera feed of the lumber yard, where a suspect could be seen taking 32 pieces of lumber from the locked space and stacking them up near an entry point where a Dodge Durango sat waiting, police said.
The man was arrested and booked into the King County Jail for investigation of commercial burglary.