Clear clues linked suspects to burglary, police say

EVERETT — Ambitious, yes. Flawlessly executed, not so much.

A man and woman ended up behind bars earlier this week after they were found inside a delivery van stuffed full with goods reported stolen from a Lynnwood-area restoration company. The van, which also was stolen, was spotted at an Everett apartment complex on Monday.

“Both appeared lethargic in demeanor,” a Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy wrote in an affidavit establishing probable cause for the pair’s arrest.

The suspects, 26 and 32, professed their innocence but spun entirely different tales about how they ended up in the stolen truck.

Each also allegedly left behind a clue that deputies believe links them to a break-in.

Deputies discovered a cell phone in one of the company’s vehicles with a jeweled letter L on the back. The woman later acknowledged that the phone belonged to her.

Deputies also found a smashed-up laptop in an office inside the Lynnwood-area business. On the surface were shoe prints “with a distinct concentric circle pattern.” Deputies took the man’s shoes into evidence. They had the same pattern on the soles, deputies wrote.

Documents and identification belonging to the pair were found in the cargo area and the cab of the truck.

“It was very nice of the suspects to leave such clear and identifiable evidence,” sheriff’s office spokeswoman Shari Ireton said. “It made our deputies’ jobs much easier. Let’s just say it was not a whodunit.”

Court documents allege the pair worked hard for their loot, which included five firearms.

“The sheer volume of the stolen goods packed into the cargo compartment indicated that the suspects had to have spent hours loading all the property,” deputies wrote.

Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446; stevick@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

Inclusion super important to Monroe High senior

Sarah Reeves worked to make homecoming more representative of the student population.

Man, 60, in critical condition after Bothell crash

Police believe the driver may have been speeding when he hit a rock wall.

FBI operation arrests 3 linked to exploitation of 32 women

The sting focused on Everett and other cities in Snohomish, King, Pierce, Skagit and Spokane counties.

Man arrested in Monroe Walmart robbery; second suspect flees

The pair fled in a stolen Mitsubishi Lancer with a distinctive green spray paint job.

Fugitive convict, missing more than a year, surrenders

Charles Coggins, 60, turned himself in Monday. He could now spend up to 30 days behind bars.

Former homeless camp needs needles and garbage cleaned up

The Hand Up Project will lead a volunteer effort this weekend on wooded land south of Everett.

County Council postpones vote on conservation programs

A decision on funding agricultural and water-quality programs will come after the budget process.

A Q&A with the candidates running for Snohomish County Council

Republican incumbent Sam Low faces Democratic challenger Kristin Kelly in District 5.

Gang member sentenced as an adult for first-degree assault

Seth Friendly was 16 when he shot at a 17-year-old girl who was dating a rival gang member.

Most Read