Two arrested after burglary, forgery and high-speed chase
November 8, 2012
By Michele Mihalovich
Police arrested two people suspected of burglarizing a North Bend home and trying to cash a stolen check at a Snoqualmie grocery store; one of whom lead police on a high-speed chase, according to a press release from Sgt. Cindi West, spokeswoman for King County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident began shortly after 1 p.m. Nov. 6 in the 12800 block of 412th Avenue Southeast when the victims, who are in their 80s, called 911 to report a burglary to their home and phoned their bank to report the theft of their checkbook, West said.
Sheriff’s sergeant also learned a .357 magnum handgun was stolen along with a checkbook and some other items, said West. At 1:30 p.m., while the sergeant was still there, the victims’ bank called to report someone was trying to cash one of the stolen checks at the Snoqualmie IGA Store located in the 7700 block of Center Boulevard Southeast, she said.
The sergeant requested Snoqualmie Police Department respond to the store along with deputies. The female was taken into custody without incident as she was in possession of a checkbook that was stolen from the home, West said.
Deputies learned the woman had a male accomplice in a vehicle somewhere near the store. Law enforcement located the vehicle, but when they tried to stop the car, the suspect refused to stop, according to West.
During the pursuit, Washington State Patrol deployed spike strips, but the suspect was able to avoid them. The suspect reached speeds of at least 90 mph on westbound Interstate 90 and passed other traffic on the shoulder, West said.
After getting onto I-405 north, the suspect pulled over to the right shoulder, surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident, West said.
The 33-year-old man and 37-year-old woman of Renton were booked into the King County Jail for investigation of theft of a firearm, burglary, theft and forgery. The man was also booked for investigation of unlawful possession of a firearm and eluding.
Sammamish police and the Washington State Patrol assisted in the pursuit of the vehicle, and the sheriff’s office shared this video of the high-speed pursuit from its Guardian One helicopter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9aqPC7pPz8&feature=plcp.