Sammamish Police arrest alleged wire thief
September 14, 2013
New: Sept. 14, 1:59 p.m.
Sammamish police arrested a man after being tipped to a shady circumstance at about 5 a.m. Sept. 2.
According to Police reports, homeowners on the 1000 block of 215th Avenue Northeast heard a disturbance and saw two people dragging something heavy toward some bushes near their driveway. They say they then saw a dark colored pickup truck driving away from the area, and they called police. While one officer went to talk with the homeowners, another searched the area for the truck.
The officer at the home talked to the residents and was pointed to the bushes. The woman he talked with said it looked like two white people dragging something. When the officer investigated, he found coils of large, heavy wire, which he estimated to be worth about $2,500 tucked away in the bushes.
At this point, the other officer found a truck matching the description given by the homeowners. The officer at the home went to that location to assist.
Once there, he found a man and a woman in the vehicle. The man, who was driving, had felony convictions and exhibited signs of being a meth user. He said that they were on their way home to Tacoma from the Snoqualmie Casino and got lost. He could not explain how he’d gotten so far off track.
The officer asked the man if he’d ever sold metals to recyclers for profit, and the man said he had, but that it shouldn’t matter.
The officer then asked the woman if they were stealing. She said no, but looked nervous, and some looks from the man made the officer think the man was intimidating her. Sensing she wanted to explain the truth of the situation, the officer interviewed her separately.
He told her that if she was truthful, she would be considered a witness and would not be arrested. She told him that they had been at the casino, but that after leaving, they had driven to a construction site and she had helped him take the wire, but that it was the man’s idea.
They had dragged it to the bushes in order to wrap it up, but had been spotted y the homeowners and fled. As they were driving away, they saw the police car and stopped, hoping the car would just drive past. No such luck.
Police arrested the man and impounded the vehicle. They also took a statement from the woman. The case is being forwarded to detectives for additional investigation and possible felony burglary charges.