Forgotten cap undoes robbers, police say

Herald staff

EVERETT — Three young men who allegedly shoplifted cigarettes from the Beverly Park Chevron station last Friday went back to the scene of the crime after one of the trio left his cap behind.

On the second trip, they stole more cigarettes and a rack of lighters, Everett Police Sgt. Boyd Bryant said Thursday.

The second trip turned out to be the undoing for one after Officer Chip Higinbotham and police dog Ikon found the suspect hiding beneath a motor home.

The incident began about 2:30 a.m. in the 6700 block of Beverly Boulevard. Officers learned that three males 16 to 19 years old had stolen cigarettes. One had left his cap behind.

The clerk decided not to file a complaint.

About 15 minutes later, police received a report that the station had just been robbed. Officers saw a 1983 Chevrolet station wagon and followed the car, which stopped about a block away, and the driver fled, Bryant said.

Higinbotham and Ikon followed the suspect’s trail and arrested the 19-year-old Everett man without incident, Bryant said.

While officers were searching for the robber, they learned that he was one of the three original shoplifters, Bryant said. When he returned to retrieve his baseball cap, he allegedly put a knife to the clerk’s throat and threatened to stab the clerk. While the robber held the victim, the others stole a rack with more than 100 cigarette lighters, and several more packs of cigarettes, Bryant said.

The other teens are still at large.

Police recovered the stolen property and the knife, and booked the man into Snohomish County Jail on investigation of first-degree robbery. The suspect has an extensive criminal history, Bryant said.

Police ask anyone with information on the robbery to call the Everett Police Department tip line at 425-257-8450.

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