Suspect’s name on business card at scene of burglary

MONROE — If nothing else, the suspect has been accommodating, leaving behind far-from-subtle clues.

First, sheriff’s deputies examining the contents of a black bag found at the home of a Monroe-area break-in found stolen jewelry and a business card with the suspect’s name — Samuel Lindsey — on it.

He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail on Tuesday for investigation of burglary and trafficking in stolen property. Bail was set at $50,000.

Lindsey has become a familiar face for local cops. In August, he allegedly admitted to Snohomish County sheriff’s detectives to committing four burglaries.

They believe the burglar might have been startled by police and run away Oct. 4. Detectives found a silver BMW at the Monroe crime scene in the 24000 block of Ben Howard Road. Inside the car they found hammers, screwdrivers, pliers, wire cutters, gloves and small pry bars.

As it turned out, Redmond police in August had impounded the same car after Lindsey, 32, and another man were arrested for investigation of residential burglary. The car’s registered owner is Lindsey’s girlfriend, court papers said.

Two shops on Evergreen Way in Everett provided detectives with copies of Lindsey’s driver’s license after he brought in a digital camcorder and a chain saw to pawn in September. The goods had been reported stolen two days earlier from another house in Monroe.

“It’s clear he is not a criminal mastermind,” Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Shari Ireton said.

She also credited the working relationship law enforcement agencies have been able to develop with pawn shop owners in recovering stolen items for burglary victims.

After obtaining a search warrant for the BMW, deputies found a laptop computer and charger that were stolen from an Edmonds home. Edmonds police reported similarities between the Ben Howard Road break-in and the one they were investigating. In both cases, someone smashed a window after cutting all the utility lines to the home.

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

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