Two from Renton arrested after Valley burglary, forgery and high-speed chase
November 14, 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 led police on a high-speed chase, according to a press release from Sgt. Cindi West, spokeswoman for the 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 deputies also learned a .357 magnum handgun was stolen along with a checkbook and some other items, West said. At 1:30 p.m., while a sheriff’s 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, 7730 Center Blvd. S.E., 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 traffic on the shoulder, West said.
After getting onto Interstate 405 north, the suspect pulled over to the right shoulder, surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident, West said. It was later learned that the suspect had run out of gas, which is why he pulled to the side of the road, she said.
The 33-year-old man and 37-year-old woman, both 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.
On the Web
Watch video of the high-speed pursuit from the King County Sheriff’s Office’s Guardian One helicopter at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9aqPC7pPz8&feature=plcp.