Deputies searching for Tacoma woman accused of repeatedly victimizing Olympia woman


Thurston County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help to find a Tacoma woman wanted for second degree robbery, residential burglary and I.D. theft in the first degree. Deputies say 52-year-old Rita Salois has been traveling back and forth between Tacoma and Olympia to burglarize a woman’s home and stalk her. Investigators say she has broken into the victim’s house on six different occasions.

“The victim in this case is in fear. Nobody should have to live like she has for the last couple of years,” said Det. George Oplinger.

Surveillance video shows Salois inside the victim’s home going through drawers and looking for items to steal. “On one occasion where she went in, the victim saw her from the outside coming in. She hid in the house because she’s afraid of her. When Ms. Salois found the victim inside the house, she forced her to give her money,” said Oplinger.

Salois is even accused of victimizing her own mother by depositing stolen checks into her account and then withdrawing the funds. “When the checks came back as no good because they were stolen, the bank is now going to the mother who owes the bank $5,000,” said Oplinger. Deputies are hoping someone in the Tacoma area can tell them where Salois is staying or provide any information that will lead to her arrest. “There’s information that we have that she’s on methamphetamines. She’s just out of control and she’s not making rational decisions.”

If you know where deputies can find Rita Ann Salois, call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-TIPS. There is a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to her arrest. This is one of the cases being featured this weekend on “Washington’s Most Wanted” airing Friday at 11 p.m. on Q13 FOX and Saturday at 9:30 p.m. on JOEtv and 10:30 p.m. on Q13 FOX.

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