UPDATE: Fri 3:36 PM, Jan. 31, 2014
A 33-year-old Thorp man accused of taking items from a Medford area cabin is now facing a new set of more serious charges in neighboring Clark County.
Travis Hamm, and Stacey Stewart, both 33, are expected to be charged next month with taking scrap metal from a Clark County property. The pair are also expected to be charged with dumping their meth waste in the area of the same property.
The investigation began in September after property owners on Tieman Avenue in Thorp began noticing the same vehicle driving and parked around the area. One of the land owners confronted the man about why he had been the area. The man, who identified himself as Travis Hamm, said he was looking at the “lay of the land”, but later changed his story and said he had been picking up aluminum cans to “raise money for kids with m.s.”
One property owner noticed that he was missing a farm machinery part and a large cast iron wheel.
An employee at a Dorchester scrap yard told investigators Hamm brought in scrap just about everyday and was told the items came from Hamm's girlfriend's parents' yard.
During the investigation into the thefts, authorities found several bags of garbage suspected to be waste from a meth lab. According to the criminal complaint, inside the garbage bags investigators found mail addressed to Hamm's girlfriend, Stacey Stewart.
The garbage contained numerous blister packs for cold medicine, empty soda bottles, receipts and other items related to the manufacturing of meth.
Investigators began checking pharmacy logs for stores in Abottsford, Medford, and Owen. Documents showed Hamm and Stewart had been buying excessive amounts of products containing Pseudo ephedrine.
Hamm and Stewart are expected to be charged two counts of theft, manufacturing amphetamine, possessing methamphetamine waste, purchasing Pseudoephedrine for another with Intent, along with two counts of bail jumping during their initial appearances on Feb. 20.
ORIGINAL STORY: Thurs 12:10 PM, Jan. 30, 2014
A 33-year-old Thorp man is expected to be charged with theft and burglary after a trail camera reportedly caught him taking tools from a Medford area cabin.
Earlier this week the Taylor County Sheriff's Department released the photo hoping for a tip from the public.
The department said in a news release, Travis Hamm, 33, turned himself into authorities Tuesday night.
He's being held in the Taylor County jail.
Deputies say the burglary happened on January 8 in the Town of Molitor, northwest of Medford.
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