2 men accused of stealing gas from sheriff's office SUV

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Two Port Angeles men have been accused of stealing gas from a marked Clallam County Sheriff's Office vehicle as it was parked in courthouse parking lot.

The Peninsula Daily News reports that 30-year-old Cory J. Stokes and 39-year-old Tyson W. Reynolds were booked into county jail for investigation of second-degree malicious mischief. Chief Criminal Deputy Brian King says three county workers saw them siphoning gas from the Chevrolet Suburban, an official search-and-rescue vehicle, on Friday morning.

The employees alerted a sheriff's office staffer, who summoned deputies from the squad room. King says that as they approached, Stokes fled into the woods. Deputies contained the area with help from Port Angeles and Lower Elwha police and arrested Stokes. Reynolds was found in a Ford Expedition parked next to the sheriff's office vehicles.

King said that about one-quarter of the Suburban's gas tank had been siphoned.