Sheriff: Suspects good with crime sprees, bad with diesel cars

SNOHOMISH, Wash. -- Two men believed responsible for a weekend crime spree in Snohomish County were arrested Tuesday thanks, in part, to their inability to figure out how to start a diesel car, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the men, ages 19 and 20, were in a Fred Meyer parking lot in Snohomish around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday when they tried to steal a Mercedes. The 61-year-old owner of the car was using a nearby ATM and had left the car unlocked and the keys in the ignition.

Fortunately, the 20-year-old who was trying to start the Mercedes had no idea how to operate a diesel vehicle, giving its owner enough time to confront him and pull him out of the car, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The two men then walked across the lot and reportedly removed a 59-year-old woman from her Pontiac. But, the woman started screaming, drawing the attention of multiple witnesses, and the men ran off.

The 19-year-old was arrested quickly. And, the 20-year-old was arrested a short time later after an employee at Bickford Motors called 911 to report a man pacing around and acting strange in the business' showroom.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the two men are believed to be responsible for a stolen car in Burien, a robbery at a Walgreens in unincorporated Snohomish County, and two armed robberies in Everett last weekend.