Burglary suspect given away by oily footprints

Police track her to a bathroom of a home she reportedly broke into.

EVERETT — Oily footprints and a police dog helped lead to the arrest of a woman accused of crashing a car before breaking into an apartment to hide.

The prints weren’t hard to spot.

The suspect reportedly stepped into some oil that leaked onto the pavement after the crash.

The incident occurred Monday morning.

A 911 caller in south Everett reported around 8:30 a.m. that someone had been in their garage and drove off in a Honda.

A little while later, another 911 caller reported a possible DUI involving a silver Honda with the same license plate.

Everett police found the suspect, 22, in her car parked in a south Everett apartment complex.

When the officer began talking with her, she drove off, according to court papers.

The officer did not give chase.

A sergeant then saw the Honda drive past on W. Casino Road, but also chose not to pursue.

A short time later, police learned the Honda had crashed into a large rock at the entrance of an apartment complex.

When police arrived, the woman was gone.

They found a shoe in the driveway. Based on shoe prints, it appeared the woman had started one way and turned another before running out of the shoe altogether.

A Snohomish County sheriff’s police dog tracked the suspect, who was found hiding in an upstairs bathroom of the home she reportedly broke into. On the counter was a folding knife and there was a syringe on the floor, according to court records. Inside a bathroom cabinet was a backpack. What was believed to be the suspect’s hat was retrieved from a freezer in the garage.

The Everett woman was taken briefly to the hospital for an evaluation because she had been involved in a crash, Everett police officer Aaron Snell said.

She later was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of first-degree burglary for allegedly breaking into the home while armed with a knife.

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

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