Series of arrests made in connection with string of robberies, burglaries

Series of arrests made in connection with string of robberies, burglaries

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. -- Investigators believe they’ve arrested nearly all of the suspects behind a string of break-ins and home invasion robberies in several counties.

Police believe a group of at least 5 people is behind the crimes, which have been committed at homes and marijuana businesses. 4 of the 5 suspects are currently in custody, officers said Friday.

The North Snohomish County Property Crimes Task Force began its investigation in early March after a group of armed men tried to break into a marijuana manufacturing facility near Arlington through an air vent. They were not successful, investigators said.

Surveillance video showing the suspects in action was sent out to police agencies across the area, court documents revealed. Seattle police recognized 2 of them as suspects in several robberies across the city, including one at a home along 13th Avenue South on February 25. The group of men broke into the home while a woman and her 4-year-old son were sleeping, court documents state. Electronics and jewelry were stolen.

During interviews with investigators later on, two of the suspects admitted to being involved in the attempted burglary at the marijuana manufacturing facility near Arlington on March 2, court documents state.

The 18-year-old woman accused of driving the men to to the marijuana manufacturing facility and a handful of others that same night appeared in Snohomish County Superior Court on Friday. Officers arrested her Thursday after the North Snohomish County Property Crimes Task Force, the North Sound Metro SWAT, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, and Monroe police served a search warrant at a home off 160th Street Southeast in Monroe.

Several guns and a large amount of marijuana was seized from the home. Investigators believe it was stolen during the recent burglaries and robberies.

Several guns, a rifle, ammunition, and 17 vials and packages of marijuana were also seized at an apartment in Everett, Seattle police stated in a blotter post on Friday. Officers took a 16-year-old boy into custody in connection with a pot shop robbery that happened on February 21.

Investigators are in the process of trying to figure out if the group has any connection to a cooler that was donated to a Goodwill store in Monroe earlier this week. 3.75 ounces of processed marijuana was found inside the cooler.

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