Police: Man used 13-year-old son to help steal frozen turkey, mower



MARYSVILLE, Wash. - Police said a man had his 13-year-old son help him load frozen beef, a turkey, a lawn mower and other property into his truck that he took from a Marysville home.

According to a police report, the owner of a home for sale in the 1900 block of Sunnyside Boulevard arrived at her home for sale on July 31 to find a truck parked in the driveway.

The homeowner, Lannon McCafferty, said a man and boy were loading her lawn mower into the back of a truck.

McCafferty confronted the two, asking if the home was theirs.  The man told her it was, then said it was for sale. The police report said the homeowner noticed her shop vacuum, mower and hanging basket among the items in the truck. 

"It wasn't a huge dollar amount of items they stole from us, but it was just the idea of coming in and taking stuff that wasn't theirs," McCafferty said.

She took photos of the truck before the man and boy left.

After McCafferty called authorities and provided a Snohomish County deputy with a description of the man and photos of his truck, the officer was able to track down the truck's owner of the truck: Nathan Hensley, 59.

The deputy went to Hensley’s home on Monday to question him. Hensley fit the victim’s description of the man McCafferty saw stealing her property, the deputy said.

According to the police report, Hensley said he went to the woman’s home because he was interested in buying it and admitted he went into the home because it was unlocked and for sale.

Hensley told the officer he took nothing from the property except a plastic tub that was in a shed, saying “it was just junk,” and refused to tell the officer the location of the stolen items, the report said.

Hensley was taken into custody. His 13-year-old son, who was at home during his father’s arrest, was then interviewed by the deputy.

Police documents said the boy told the deputy he went to the house with his father and loaded up items from around the property.

The boy said he was very scared because he knew they weren’t supposed to be there and that they shouldn’t be stealing, police documents said.

The boy told the deputy after a woman confronted them and started taking pictures, they left and a few blocks later, dumped the stolen items on the side of the road.

The police report said the stolen items included a 20-pound frozen turkey, 25 pounds of frozen beef, a Craftsman lawn mower and shop vacuum, and a Hoover vacuum.

Hensley was booked into the Snohomish County Jail on charges of burglary and reckless endangerment, domestic violence.