Police: Wash. man admits theft on ride-along

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - A Marysville man trying to become an officer is facing charges after police say he confessed to theft during a ride-along.

The Daily Herald, citing records, says the 26-year-old man also admitted to the theft on his application to become a police officer in Lake Stevens, north of Seattle.

Everett police spokesman Aaron Snell said Michael Clark of Marysville was arrested Thursday on suspicion of first-degree theft, a felony. He appeared in court in Everett Friday and was ordered released without bail.

Police say Clark told a Lake Stevens officer last month that he paid a friend $300 to steal his vehicle three years ago. Police say he then collected nearly $12,000 in insurance money.

In court papers, police wrote that prosecutors determined that the statute of limitations had not expired.

It's unclear if Clark has a lawyer, and a listed number for him could not be found.