Wilderness Rim house raided twice for drugs

NORTH BEND - A raid last week at a residence in the Wilderness Rim neighborhood outside North Bend turned up about $2,000 in stolen property that investigators believe was taken from the Sallal Grange Hall in North Bend last month.

The recovered property was mostly sound equipment owned by the Mountain View Baptist Church, which holds its services at the hall. The stolen items were recovered in the early morning hours of Thursday, Jan. 9, from a house in the 17200 block of 434th Ave. S.E.

That was where deputies arrested Timothy Tatom, 49, after executing a warrant issued for suspected methamphetamine dealing. Deputies found methamphetamine in the house, along with drug paraphernalia.

The stolen property was found in a hidden crawl space of the home during the search. Tatom has not said where he got the stolen property, although King County Sheriff's deputies have determined it was stolen from the Sallal Grange Hall. It was at the hall where donations for the Giving Tree event put on by the Snoqualmie Valley Kiwanis Club were stored.

"We have taken some fingerprints and we are trying to put some of it together," said King County Sheriff's Office spokesman Kevin Fagerstrom.

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