Suspect arrested in dozens of burglaries

ARLINGTON — A man who reportedly boasted to police about his burglary skills in mid-April was unknowingly the target of investigations into dozens of break-ins in least three counties.

He was arrested Thursday in Arlington after someone became suspicious when they saw a man walking around during the daytime in dark clothes with his face hidden.

The Marysville man, 32, was jailed in connection with a fresh string of burglaries in Snohomish County, including six in Arlington. He’s also the suspect in dozens of other burglaries at businesses throughout Snohomish, King and Skagit counties.

The man reportedly has told police that he broke into businesses for the “thrill.”

Police say the man stole cash, lottery tickets and thousands of dollars’ worth of cigarettes. He also nabbed an over-the-counter medication used to “clean” urine to help the user pass drug tests.

In recent weeks, the man has been questioned by police from Arlington and Lake Stevens and sheriff’s detectives from Snohomish and King counties.

A Snohomish County judge Friday set bail at $300,000.

The burglary methods varied, but at most of the businesses that were hit, telephone wires were sliced and glass doors and windows smashed.

It wasn’t about skill. The burglar reportedly cut any wires he could find as a strategy to avoid setting off alarms, Arlington city spokeswoman Kristin Banfield said.

“He definitely has been very busy, and we’re very happy that he’s in custody now,” she said.

In some of the cases, the burglar used a saw to cut into safes to get at the cash inside.

At one business, he reportedly sawed into the back of an ATM. He got into one of the machine’s compartments, but not the one containing the money.

The business later told police that petty cash and checks also were untouched.

Arlington police detectives this week traced the man to an Arlington motel.

Investigators earlier this month wrote in court papers that during interviews with the man, they asked him if he was upset about not getting any money out of the ATM.

“No, it’s the price of doing business,” he reportedly said. “Sometimes you don’t get anything.”

At the time, the man was arrested for investigation of a Lynnwood burglary, and he admitted to about a dozen more. He reportedly promised police he’d stop because his girlfriend was pregnant and he was going to try to take care of her.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com

More in Local News

Young woman missing from Mukilteo found safe

She called her parents and told them she was at a museum in Seattle.

Mom and brother turn in suspect in Stanwood robberies

The man is suspected of robbing the same gas station twice, and apologizing to the clerk afterward.

Derrick “Wiz” Crawford, 22, is a suspect in the homicide of his roommate. (Edmonds Police Department)
Roommate suspected in Edmonds killing found hiding in closet

Police had been searching for him for 10 days before locating him at a house in Everett.

Video shows man suspected of attacking a woman in Edmonds

The man allegedly threw her on the ground, then ran away after the she began kicking and screaming.

Navy to put filter in Coupeville’s contaminated water system

Chemicals from firefighting foam was found in the town’s drinking water.

Officials to test sanity of suspect in Everett crime spree

He allegedly tried to rob and clobber a transit worker, then fled and struggled with police.

Katharine Graham, then CEO and chairwoman of the board of The Washington Post Co., looks over a copy of The Daily Herald with Larry Hanson, then The Herald’s publisher, during her visit to Everett on Sept. 20, 1984. The Washington Post Co. owned The Herald from 1978 until 2013. (Herald archives)
Everett’s brush with Katharine Graham, leader of ‘The Post’

Retired Herald publisher Larry Hanson recalls The Washington Post publisher’s visits.

Former Monroe cop loses appeal on sex crimes conviction

Once a highly respected officer, he was found guilty of secretly videotaping his kids’ babysitter.

Families seek to change wrongful death law

A bill would allow or parents or siblings who wish to pursue a suit for an unmarried, childless adult.

Most Read