Alleged ranger station burglars busted at Big Four Ice Caves

A man and woman allegedly stole more than $20,000 in items and a U.S. Forest Service pickup truck.

VERLOT — The heist at the Verlot ranger station was short-lived.

A 29-year-old woman from Granite Falls and a 41-year-old man from Redmond allegedly took more than $20,000 worth of items from the ranger station on the morning of July 19, and made their escape in a U.S. Forest service Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck.

Witnesses later spotted the truck at the Big Four Ice Caves trailhead, 15 miles away, along with a black Honda Civic. The man reportedly was wearing U.S. Forest Service clothing, and a deputy could see several reportedly stolen items in the car.

The man allegedly admitted to taking items from the truck and being at the ranger station, but denied taking part in the burglary or stealing the vehicle.

Deputies impounded the Honda. On Aug. 6, they received a judge’s permission to search the car. Most of the stolen goods were inside, including a set of keys and a radio, according to court papers.

A deputy arrested the woman north of Granite Falls on Aug. 20 and interviewed her at the Marysville jail. She allegedly told deputies she and the man were responsible for the burglary. She reported she stayed inside the Honda while he took items out of the ranger station. He then reportedly drove away in the pickup truck, while she followed in the Honda.

She reportedly said most of the items were still in the car when the deputies impounded it, except possibly a laptop, which she could get back.

The pair are being investigated for first-degree theft, second-degree burglary, theft of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen property. The woman was booked into the Snohomish County Jail on Thursday, while the man was already booked earlier in August for another set of alleged crimes. Both remained in custody on Friday.

Zachariah Bryan: 425-339-3431; zbryan@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @zachariahtb.

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