KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. -- Kittitas County Sheriff's Pro-Act Unit has recovered over two hundred items that were fraudulently taken from one of the Taylor Bridge Fire donation centers.
20-year-old Kaysee Hancock of Kittitas was arrested yesterday on two felony counts of Trafficking in Stolen Property. Deputies found in her possession over two hundred items of infant and adult clothing and dozens of hygiene and child care
products. All the items had been donated to the Ellensburg Community Closet for the needs of victims and survivors of the Taylor Bridge Fire. Hancock allegedly took the items from the shelter on the pretense that they were for a local family she knows who have six children and whose house was destroyed in the fire; but family members say they never received anything from her.
The matter was reported to the Sheriff's Office by the volunteer manager of the CommunityCloset who recognized some of the items Hancock posted for sale on the Ellensburg Swap Meet group on Facebook. Some items sold by Hancock and subsequently retrieved were positively identified by the person who donated them to the Community Closet. Hancock was arrested after a sting operation in which she sold some of the items Undercover Sheriff's Deputy.
The recovered property will be photographed, recorded as evidence and returned immediately to the Community Closet for distribution to the intended fire victims.