Lynnwood woman arrested in string of violent Ulta Beauty robberies

The defendant, 26, and another accomplice are suspected of robberies in Washington and Oregon, costing the company over $450,000.


LYNNWOOD — Local police arrested a woman Thursday suspected of robbing Ulta Beauty stores in Washington and Oregon, causing $450,000 in damages and lost merchandise.

The Lynnwood woman, 26, robbed beauty store locations while armed with pepper spray along with another accomplice, according to police reports. The two suspects would typically walk in during store hours, smash glass displays and steal thousands of dollars in products.

During the investigation, detectives learned the suspect was “continuously and relentlessly targeting Ulta stores all over Washington and into Oregon,” Lynnwood officer Brady Galloway wrote in a police report.

On Thursday, Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies arrested the woman for investigation of theft, robbery, malicious mischief and organized retail theft.

In a statement Friday, Lynnwood police said they expect to make more arrests in connection to the string of robberies.

On Nov. 18, security footage reportedly caught two women entering the Ulta Beauty at 19401 Alderwood Parkway. They destroyed the glass display cases in the fragrance section, Galloway wrote. One of the suspects pointed a can of bear mace at employees, threatening to spray them if they did not back up, according to police.

The two suspects stole $5,489 in beauty products that day at the Alderwood location, police said.

Earlier that day, two women wearing the same clothes committed a similar theft at an Ulta Beauty in Renton, Galloway wrote. The duo were accused of stealing an estimated $5,503 in fragrances.

The two women are also suspected in other Ulta Beauty robberies in Lake Stevens and Federal Way earlier this week, according to a police report. The suspects were “easily identifiable” on security footage, Galloway wrote.

Around 6 p.m. Dec. 9, the suspects broke into the store on Highway 9, threatened employees with pepper spray and stole approximately $3,800 in merchandise, a police report read. They fled the scene in a 2023 Buick Envision. Investigators later saw the car on I-5, but lost it shortly after.

During an interview with police, the suspect reported she was a “heavy drug user” and did not remember many of the thefts, Galloway wrote.

She had four active warrants, three of which were related to organized retail theft and robbery.

An Ulta spokesperson told officers the woman was not a “typical shoplifter.”

“She does not just fill the bag and run out of the store,” Galloway wrote. “She employs violence and intimidation while shattering glass, destroying fixtures, and threatening staff and customers.”

The suspect remained in the Snohomish County Jail this week, with bail set at $195,000.

Maya Tizon: 425-339-3434;; Twitter: @mayatizon.

Talk to us

> Give us your news tips.

> Send us a letter to the editor.

> More Herald contact information.

More in Local News

Snohomish residents Barbara Bailey, right, and Beth Jarvis sit on a gate atop a levee on Bailey’s property on Monday, May 13, 2024, at Bailey Farm in Snohomish, Washington. Bailey is concerned the expansion of nearby Harvey Field Airport will lead to levee failures during future flood events due to a reduction of space for floodwater to safely go. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Harvey Field seeks to reroute runway in floodplain, faces new pushback

Snohomish farmers and neighbors worry the project will be disruptive and worsen flooding. Ownership advised people to “read the science.”

IAM District 751 machinists join the picket line to support Boeing firefighters during their lockout from the company on Thursday, May 16, 2024, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Amid lockout, Boeing, union firefighters return to bargaining table

The firefighters and the planemaker held limited negotiations this week: They plan to meet again Monday, but a lockout continues.

Julie Timm
Sound Transit’s $375K payout to ex-CEO didn’t buy help

Board members said Julie Timm would give professional advice to them or a future CEO after leaving, but she hasn’t been called upon.

FILE -- An engine on a Boeing 767 jet aircraft, at a Boeing facility in Everett, Wash., March 7, 2012. The Boeing 737 engine that failed on Southwest Flight 1380 is not the only one that has caught the eye of regulators: Engines on Boeing's 787 Dreamliner and 767 have also failed, prompting questions about their design and inspection procedures. (Stuart Isett/The New York Times)
Boeing 767, built in Everett, gets 5-year lifeline from Congress

Boeing would have been forced to end production of the 767 Freighter in 2027 due to new emissions rules if not for the extension.

Snohomish County Jail. (Herald file)
Inmate, 51, dies at Snohomish County Jail

Around 3 p.m., corrections staff called 911 about an inmate, who became unresponsive as firefighters arrived. He died at the scene.

With the Olympic mountains in the background, Boeing's 777x lifts off from Paine Field on its first flight, to Boeing Field in Seattle, on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 in Everett, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
1 dead, dozens injured after turbulence on Boeing plane

A Singapore Airlines flight from London was diverted to Bangkok, where more than 70 people were being treated for injuries.

Two people fight on the side of I-5 neat Marysville. (Photo provided by WSDOT)
Idaho man identified in fatal trooper shooting on I-5 near Everett

The deceased man was Marvin Arellano, 31, of Nampa, Idaho, according to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office.

State Sen. Mark Mullet, left, and Attorney General Bob Ferguson, are both running as Democrats for governor in 2024. (Photos provided)
Did Bob Ferguson go too far responding to fellow Fergusons?

Ferguson wanted the secretary of state to redo the ballot. Mark Mullet, a Democratic rival, says such a move would’ve broken the law.

Photo by Gina Shields of GM Photography
Whidbey Island to salute the fallen for Memorial Day

All are invited to honor those who have fallen at three events on Whidbey Island.

Boeing firefighters and supporters hold an informational picket at Airport Road and Kasch Park Road on Monday, April 29, 2024, in Everett, Washington. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Boeing union firefighters to vote on new contract proposal

The company made the offer after “a productive session” of bargaining and reported the amended contract includes an “improved wage growth schedule.”

Catholic Community Services NW Director of Housing Services and Everett Family Center Director Rita Jo Case, right, speaks to a man who asked to remain anonymous, left, during a point-in-time count of people facing homelessness in Everett, Washington on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Homelessness down nearly 10% in Snohomish County, annual count shows

The county identified 1,161 people without permanent housing, down from 1,285 last year. But lack of resources is still a problem, advocates said.

Snohomish County Deputy Prosecutor Craig Matheson on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 in Everett, Washington. Matheson retires this month after 35 years in the prosecutor's office. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
For decades, he prosecuted Snohomish County’s most high-stakes cases

“When you think of a confident prosecutor, you see a picture of Craig (Matheson) in the dictionary.” Or in the thesaurus, flip to “prepared.”

Support local journalism

If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.