Police recover stolen property

2 suspects arrested in connection to burglaries
By Sara Bruestle | Apr 03, 2013
Photo by: Sara Bruestle Detectives from the Mukilteo Police Department are working to connect stolen jewelry and electronics from a large stash to unresolved burglaries in the city.

Mukilteo police recovered a large stash of stolen goods from an Everett apartment on Friday associated with recent burglaries in the city.

Snohomish County deputies discovered a stolen Cadillac Deville connected to a recent home burglary in Mukilteo that led them to the apartment of two men suspected in a string of burglaries throughout King and Snohomish counties.

Mukilteo detectives, with help from Snohomish County deputies and detectives from the Snohomish County Auto Theft Task Force, served a search warrant on the apartment near the 9900 block of 12th Ave. W. in Everett.

The search recovered numerous stolen goods – anything of value – including televisions, firearms, ammunition, jewelry, power tools, video game systems, cellphones, cameras and other electronics. About $27,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds, a computer and a guitar were also recovered.

“This was quite the search warrant,” said Mukilteo Det. John Ernst. “I’ve never taken as much stuff out of a search warrant as I did with this one.”

An estimate for the value of goods seized from the apartment is not yet available.

With the discovery of the apartment, detectives believe the two suspects also may be linked to several home burglaries in Mukilteo where the burglar pried open rear windows and doors to get inside.

There have been 61 reported burglaries in Mukilteo so far this year, and 34 of them were reported in March. That’s more than half.

In several of those burglaries, the burglars used the same method of entry as the two suspected men, said Cheol Kang, spokesperson for the Mukilteo Police Department.

“At least several of the burglaries in Mukilteo are definitely related to these suspects,” Kang said. “Our detectives are trying to see if there are any more linked to them.”

One suspect, a 25-year-old Lynnwood man, was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of first-degree trafficking of stolen property. The second suspect, a 25-year-old Edmonds man, was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of burglary and possession of a stolen firearm.

Snohomish County deputies contacted Mukilteo police on March 29 about a suspicious Cadillac Deville parked at some Everett apartments. Deputies asked Mukilteo detectives to investigate.

“The deputies were keeping an eye on some suspects they had in relation to other burglaries, and they located the Cadillac, which seemed out of place to them,” Kang said.

They were right. Officers found that the Cadillac was stolen from an unreported burglary of a home on the 12600 block of Double Eagle Drive in Mukilteo. In addition to the car, jewelry and electronics were also stolen from the home.

The victims' property was among the items recovered with the search warrant.

Kang said the investigation is ongoing, as detectives are still sorting through the recovered goods. The detectives will be contacting the burglary victims they manage to identify within the next several weeks, Kang said.

“The detectives have a load of property they are sifting though,” he said. “It’s going to take some time.”

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