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11/21/2012 4:04:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Photo by Kacie Thrift
A Cashmere city shop truck was damaged after a Wenatchee man stole it and rammed it into multiple fences. Billy Rose, 44, is facing multiple charges for his alleged actions.
Photo by Kacie Thrift
Billy Rose, 44, Wenatchee, allegedly drove through the Cashmere city shop garage door last week after stealing a city owned pick-up truck. The door was smashed to pieces. City shop staff cleaned up the mess around the building in under four hours.
Man steals truck from city shop, wreaks havoc in town
Kacie Thrift
Staff Writer

Billy M. Rose, 44, Wenatchee, allegedly made quite the mess on the night of Nov. 14 after stealing a city of Cashmere pick-up truck out of the Cashmere city shop.

Cpl. Jason Reinfeld, Chelan County Sheriff's Office, said Rose entered the Cashmere city shop along Olive Street and Railroad Avenue a little after 7 p.m. He then loaded tools into one of the blue pick-up trucks. Items loaded into the truck included a circular saw, and a weed trimmer.

Rose then backed up the truck and rammed it through closed and locked garage bay doors of the shop.

"I don't know how he got into the city of Cashmere's shop, but he did and basically drove through the overhead door," said Sheriff Brian Burnett.

After backing the car out of the garage, Rose then turned the pick-up truck around in the parking lot, drove across to Olive Street and across the parking lot into a resident's yard. While going through the yard with the truck, Rose went through a chain-link fence and a city speed limit sign.

Reinfeld said Rose had to put the truck into 4-wheel drive low in order to get it out of the driveway because he was pulling the fence along with him. He then continued to drive the truck through the fence of another backyard.

Rose drove the truck up Olive Street, dragging fence material and continued up Yaksum Canyon Road.

"When he got to the dirt part of Yaksum Canyon he rammed into a gate but couldn't get through it. He damaged it substantially but Yaksum Canyon doesn't go anywhere so he came back down," Reinfeld said.

Around 7:20 p.m. Rose drove his way back down Yaksum Canyon where deputies from the Chelan County Sheriff's Office arrested him. Reinfeld said Rose was uncooperative with deputies on scene and is unsure if the deputies were able to get Rose to submit a breath test. However, it was obvious the man was intoxicated.

"It sounded like he was at a very high level of intoxication. He had to be taken to the hospital to be cleared and that's anything over a .15 Blood Alcohol Content," Burnett said.

Rose was then booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center. He was booked on the suspicion of second-degree burglary, theft of a vehicle, second-degree theft, malicious mischief, driving under the influence, violation of ignition interlock, and three counts of hit and run driving involving property damage.

Reinfeld said the deputies were unable to tell how Rose got to Cashmere. They have not located a vehicle owned by Rose in town.

"We don't know how he got here. He could have been dropped off or he just has an addresse listed in Wenatchee and he lives in Cashmere," Reinfeld said.

An ambulance crew at the scene treated Rose for his injuries. Burnett said Rose had slammed his head and had to be treated for it.

Four Cashmere city shop employees came to the shop after the incident to put boards over the broken garage door. It took around three hours for them to clean up the broken garage door and get it boarded up.

One Cashmere city shop employee said they can't figure out how Rose went into the building. There was no sign of forced entry. He said it's possible the man was drunk early in the day, wandered into the building, and was there when the Cashmere city shop employees locked up the building for the day.

Multiple people called in the incident.

"I know one person actually saw it looking out there window and I believe another person called in as he went through their backyard. There were two reporting parties on that," Reinfeld said.

The city will have to pay for the damage done to the truck and garage door unless Rose is charged with the damages.

Kacie Thrift may be reached at 782-3781 or

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