Arrested: Suspected porch pirates caught on cam making awkward getaway
BOTHELL, Wash. -- A pair of suspected package thieves in Bothell who starred in a viral surveillance video catching them in the act then one getting injured in the getaway have been arrested, the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office said.
The 37-year-old woman and 39-year-old man were arrested Tuesday morning in Everett.
Video from David Ababneh's home's security camera along Bothell's Filbert Road Friday showed a car pull up along the street out front, then a woman who jogged up to the front door, and grabbed three packages.
But on her hurried getaway, she drops a box and as she stops to get it, her feet slip out from under her on the wet grass and she falls down, apparently badly injuring her ankle.
As she sat incapacitated on the ground, she called out to her accomplice who was driving the car. He gets out -- decked in a Seattle Seahawks jersey -- and goes over to the woman, eventually having to pick her up and carry her back to the car before racing back to grab the stolen goods.
A witness later told detectives they noted the pair driving through the neighborhood and had captured their license plate, according to the police report. Police tracked the registered owner of the car as the woman seen in the video. Detectives found the pair at an Everett motel room and both admitted they were the ones who had stolen the packages, investigators said. They were arrested and booked for investigation for two counts of theft. Police have since recovered the stolen items.
Ababneh said one of the stolen packages was an expensive box of medicine and the police report confirms a box of medicine valued at over $5,000 was recovered.
"Gotta love Karma though, serves them right," Ababneh said.
Investigators said the pair had stolen about $350 of items from a second home in the neighborhood as well.
Court records show the 39-year-old male suspect has a long rap sheet with several convictions for a variety of crimes including auto theft, residential burglary, forgery and identity theft, and has been imprisoned three times before. The 37-year-old female suspect has just one misdemeanor on her record from 10 years ago.