- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) - Here’s one takeaway from the Cowlitz County sheriff’s office account of a woman’s arrest: hiding in a clothes dryer may not be a successful strategy.

Chief Deputy Charlie Rosenzweig says Detective Rob Stumph was investigating an identity theft case, in which a Longview, Washington, man’s credit cards had been used by two women at stores in the Centralia area. The deputy says the women tried to ship some of the items they bought to an address in the Cowlitz County community of Silver Lake.

Detective Stumph served a search warrant Wednesday at the Silver Lake address and arrested a 52-year-old mother and a 24-year-old daughter. The daughter was found hiding in a clothes dryer.

Rosenzweig says both women were booked into jail for investigation of felony second-degree identity theft.

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