Local briefly: Most-wanted bank robbery suspect caught

LYNNWOOD — An alleged bank robber on the Lynnwood Police Department’s most-wanted criminals list was arrested early Monday after cell phone records led police to his Everett apartment, court documents said.

Police believe the man, 45, is responsible for the Sept. 18 holdup of the Wells Fargo branch in the 2600 block of 196th Street SW, the documents said. The bank’s surveillance video took photos during the robbery. Police distributed the photo to the media, which helped generate leads, the documents said.

A person who knew the man saw the photo and contacted police and gave detectives a cell phone number for the man, the documents said.

Detectives were able to track the man using phone records to an apartment on the 3000 block of 15th Street in Everett. He was arrested early Monday without incident.

The man admitted to police he robbed the bank and gave police details only the Wells Fargo robber would have known, the documents said.

He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of first-degree robbery and was ordered held on $20,000 bail.

Marysville: Suspect sought in invasion

Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man who forced his way into a Marysville home early Monday, officials said.

A man called 911 at 3:48 a.m. to report that he had been robbed in his home in the 2300 block of 140th Street NE, said David Bales, bureau chief for the sheriff’s office.

The man told police he was awakened by pounding noises. When he went downstairs to investigate, he was confronted by another man who had a gun, Bales said.

The armed man demanded a cell phone, the keys to the Marysville man’s truck and some food. The armed man drove off in the Marysville man’s silver 1999 Ford Ranger, which was found later in Everett, Bales said.

The suspect is described as white, in his early- to mid-20s , 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall with short brown hair and a stubble beard. He was wearing a dark blue or black hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office tip line at 425-388-3845.

Seattle: Guilty pleas to tax evasion charges

Two men pleaded guilty last week to a federal charge of making false income tax returns.

Paul Werlink, 61, of Camano Island, and Paul Austin, 58, of Ellensburg are former owners of The Safety Team, a Seattle business that specializes in installing fire extinguishing systems and sales of fire prevention equipment.

According to court records, the two paid some of their own personal expenses from corporate income between 1998 and 2003. Austin agreed to repay the Internal Revenue Service $164,201 and Werlink $50,389, documents said. In addition, both will have to pay fines and penalties.

They are scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 25. The maximum penalty is three years in prison.

The men since have sold their interests in the business, court records said. Internal Revenue Service criminal investigative agents probed the case.

“Cheating on your taxes is not a victimless crime,” said Kenneth Hines, the IRS special agent in charge in the Northwest. The American public is cheated by the reduced ability of the government to provide services, he said.

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