Theft of items donated for Cle Elum fire victims
KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. -- The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office said Thursday they recovered more than 200 items that were fraudulently taken from a Taylor Bridge Fire donation center.
The county's Pro-Act Unit recovered the items following a report they received from the Community Closet's volunteer manager, officials said. The manager recognized some of the items that a 20-year-old woman had listed for sale on the Ellensburg Swap Meet Group on Facebook.
20-year-old Kaysee Hancock of Kittitas was arrested Wednesday for two felony counts of trafficking stolen property. Officials said they arrested her following a sting operation during which Hancock sold some of the items to an undercover sheriff's deputy.
Hancock allegedly took the items from the shelter claiming that they were for a local family she knows with six children that lost a home in the fire. Family members told law enforcement they never received any donations from her.
Deputies found more than 200 items of clothing and dozens of personal hygiene and infant care products at Hancock's home.
All the items recovered were donated to the Ellensburg Community Closet for the victims of the Taylor Bridge Fire.
Deputies said the property will now be photographed and recorded as evidence before being returned to the donation center.