Hard way to apply for a job

Man appears wearing a company hat, carrying an employee's keys -- is arrested for trespassing and vehicle prowling


A man was arrested for being found with employee property and keys to a business that he did not work at on Tue., June 15.

Dustin Kornelussen, 35, of Olympia, was caught by two Michels Corporation staff allegedly going through employee vehicles in an employee-only restricted area at the national company’s facility on Dowcor Ln SW in Tumwater.

The pair of employees noticed that Kornelussen was wearing another employee’s baseball cap and had an employee’s keys in his possession, admitting that he had accessed that employee’s unlocked vehicle outside the security gate.

Tumwater police contacted Kornelussen who had no reasonable explanation as to why he hadn’t turned in the keys at the front door of the business or rang the business doorbell, instead walking through the secured gate.

The police report says, “Kornelussen said he originally came to the business to look for work because he heard they were hiring and gave out CDL licenses.” According to the TPD report, Kornelussen’s own statement “revealed multiple opportunities” for him to contact employees lawfully, “which he did not do.”

The employee with the unlocked vehicle discovered that a bag containing his clothes had been opened and thrown around the cab, and the bag that had contained employee keys had been unzipped and rummaged through.

Kornelussen was booked into the Nisqually Jail for Trespassing and Vehicle Prowling.


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