A man was arrested Saturday in Seabeck after allegedly stealing a truck from Long’s Auto Rebuild on National Avenue in Bremerton.
The 1999 Dodge Ram 3500 was reported stolen after the owner of Long’s Auto Rebuild arrived on site and noticed the truck was gone. According to the incident report, the truck was parked in front of the business the day before. The owner told Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputies that there were drag marks on the pavement of the parking lot.
The owner of the vehicle told deputies that he had recently purchased the truck at an auction, so no license plates were on it. The truck allegedly had a damaged front and would have needed to have been towed from the parking lot as it was not drivable.
Both the owner of Long’s Auto Rebuild and the owner of the vehicle told deputies they had been friends with Gregory Parsons for over 20 years. The business owner stated that Parsons had stored things at his house and shop until just a couple of days ago when he showed up and took them back, according to a statement of probable cause.
He also told authorities that Parsons owned a couple large trucks and trailers that would have been capable of towing and hauling the stolen truck. KCSO had dealt with Parsons recently concerning threats to kill or shoot law enforcement, the incident report states.
Authorities responded to the Seabeck address where Parsons resided, and observed what appeared to be the stolen truck parked in the yard. KCSO obtained a search warrant and arrested Parsons without incident.
Parsons said he was not certain who the truck belonged to and that the owner of Long’s Auto Rebuild told him that the truck was totaled and that he could take it and see if he could get it running. The owner refuted this claim to deputies, stating he would not let him do that since it didn’t belong to him.
Parsons also stated that he had towed the truck from the business the night before and that he was going to buy it if he got it running. After authorities searched the residence, they allegedly found several firearms on the floor and a large green gun safe sitting in the yard. Parsons advised a deputy that there were “tons of guns” in the safe.
Parsons was recently arrested in April for Possession of a stolen firearm, reckless endangerment, and Driving Under the Influence after he was seen on camera firing a gun toward a house in Seabeck.
The truck was recovered by the owner, per KCSO. Parsons was booked into Kitsap County Jail for possessing stolen property in the first degree and a previous misdemeanor warrant for harassment.