Former manager charged with theft of $20,000 from store

Herald staff

LYNNWOOD — A former security manager at the Bon Marche in the Alderwood Mall was charged with first-degree theft Monday for allegedly pilfering $20,000 from the store’s cash vault.

Christopher M. Emmons, 28, allegedly took the money over a two-year period and avoided detection by disabling in-store cameras, Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Coleen St. Clair said in court papers.

Emmons became a suspect when workers’ schedules were analyzed, showing he work virtually every day that money was taken, according to court papers.

A new camera was installed in the cash vault in October, and Emmons was observed taking money, St. Clair alleged.

When confronted, the man admitted taking money. Cash also was recovered in his apartment, the prosecutor alleged.

  • Skateboard meeting: A proposed site for a skateboard park will be the focus of a meeting of the City Council and the city’s Park Board today.

    The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Ken Baxter Senior Community Center, 514 Delta Ave.

    The city has a purchase sale agreement on the proposed site at 1040 Columbia Ave., adjacent to Big D’s Batting Cages and Mini Golf and behind Strawberry Lanes, parks director Jim Ballew said.

  • Accidental shooting: A Marysville man who was shot accidentally in the groin with a small-caliber handgun was listed in stable condition Monday night at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

    The 34-year-old man and his wife were home with a friend in the 7300 block of 64th Avenue NE about 3:35 p.m. when the shooting occurred, Marysville police acting Sgt. Doug Lee said.

    The two men "had the gun, they thought it was unloaded. Somebody ended up pulling the trigger, and it fired a round. It was a friend’s gun," Lee said.

    The victim was airlifted to Seattle from Allen Creek Elementary School. No alcohol or drugs were involved, and no charges are anticipated, Lee said.

    "You always treat a gun as if it’s loaded," he said.

  • Tugboat runs aground: A derelict, 81-foot tugboat broke free from its mooring to a buoy in Seattle during the weekend and drifted about 20 miles north before it ran aground at Useless Bay on the southwest tip of Whidbey Island Monday.

    U.S. Coast Guard officials said the tug had no fuel aboard. Inspectors boarded it to determine if any other threat of pollution existed.

    "If we find it not to be a threat of pollution, (we) will hand it over to Army Corps of Engineers as a hazard to navigation," Petty Officer Jay Bigelow said. The travel lane is right outside of Useless Bay. If it does get loose again, it could drift that way, but we plan on taking care of it before then."

  • Belts save lives: Two teens injured in a traffic crash Sunday were saved by their seat belts, Snohomish County sheriff’s spokeswoman Jan Jorgensen said Monday.

    An 18-year-old man was westbound in the 34800 block of Mountain Loop Highway in his 2000 Frontier pickup shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday in the Granite Falls area, between Benson Creek Road and Mount Pilchuck Road. The passenger was a 17-year-old boy.

    The pickup went off on the westbound shoulder, then into the eastbound lane, ran off the road and went airborne for about 60 feet, then traveled another 35 feet, struck a tree and rolled over, Jorgensen said.

    The road was wet and speed was a factor , she said.

    "If they hadn’t been wearing seat belts, more than likely they would have been killed," Jorgensen said. "They didn’t even have any broken bones."

    The teens went to a residence for help. They were treated at Providence Everett Medical Center’s Colby Campus, she said.

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