Ex-convict held on multiple Wenatchee Valley firearm thefts

Cameron M. Darnell in 2015.

WENATCHEE — A convicted burglar who spent almost two and a half years in prison-based drug rehab is suspected of stealing firearms from homes in Wenatchee and Dryden.

Moses Lake police arrested Cameron Michael Darnell, 28, on Oct. 16 during an attempted theft at the local Walmart. At the time, Darnell was allegedly driving a stolen truck, and was wanted for questioning in multiple thefts and burglaries in Chelan County, Yakima, Douglas County, Union Gap and other areas.

Chelan County sheriff’s detectives say Darnell and a partner broke into a home on North Dryden Road Oct. 9 and stole seven rifles and a shotgun. He’s also charged in a burglary and theft of a pistol from a Wenatchee home, where he was allegedly caught on videotape breaking in through a pet door.

In 2015, Darnell pleaded guilty to eight burglaries and one attempted burglary in Chelan County, and was sentenced to prison-based treatment to deal with his methamphetamine dependency. He was released from supervision under that program in August, and is now held in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center.