The King County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Renton duo suspected of burglarizing the home of an elderly North Bend-area couple on Tuesday.
The suspects included a 33-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman, both from Renton.
The incident began shortly after 1 p.m. in the 12800 block of 412th Ave S.E. when the victims, who are in their 80s, called 911 to report a burglary to their home. While waiting for a deputy to arrive, they called their bank to report the theft of their checkbook.
Their quick thinking may have led to the capture of the two alleged home robbers.
At 1:30 p.m. while a sergeant spoke to the victims at their home, the bank called to report someone was trying to cash one of the stolen checks at the Snoqualmie IGA Store located in the 7700 block of Center Blvd S.E.
Snoqualimie Police responded to the bank and arrested the woman without incident after she attempted to cash a check stolen from the burglary. She was in possession of a checkbook that was stolen from the home, according to a report from the King County Sheriff’s Office.
A sergeant assigned to the City of North Bend also contacted the victims and learned a .357 magnum handgun was stolen along with a checkbook and some other items.
Deputies at the scene were notified that the woman had a male accomplice in a vehicle somewhere near the bank, and that he may be in possesion of the handgun. A detective in an unmarked car then recognized the 33-year-old man in a nearby car. When deputies tried to stop the car, the suspect refused to stop.
During the pursuit, Washington State Patrol deployed spike strips but the suspect was able to avoid them. The suspect reached speeds of at least 90 mph and was passing other traffic on the shoulder of the roadway. After getting onto North I-405, the suspect pulled over to the right shoulder and gave up. He was taken into custody without further incident.
Both Renton suspects were booked into the King County Jail for investigation of Theft of a Firearm, Burglary 1, Theft 2 and Forgery. The man was also booked for Investigation of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Eluding. The suspect vehicle was impounded and detectives will be continuing their investigation.
The partnership between the cities of North Bend, Sammamish and the King County Sheriff’s Office along with Washington State Patrol definitely played a role in the successful apprehension of these two criminals. Guardian 1 was also overhead which allowed pursuing deputies to back off in the interest of public safety.
*Editor's Note: Information for this article was provided bu the King County Sheriff's Office.