By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor
Thieves waited after each other to burglarize the residence then pilfered and ransacked the house retrieving whatever remained. But police soon discovered the game and offered their response in kind.
The victim, who’s name we are withholding, received while in Idaho a telephone call from her neighbor informing her of the burglaries. She stated to reporters “[The neighbor] said it was quite substantial, that the whole house was trashed and the doors were broken. She was hysterical. I thought I was going to have a heart attack. It’s like, we’ve never had a break-in or a burglary or anything in any way. I’m trying to regain my health and I’m very, very tired. I’m wary of all the nonsense. I want these people put away and I want my stuff back.”
The victim returned home two weeks early only to experience the shock of seeing her home ransacked with debris up to four feet high and in complete disarray. Property stolen was in the tens of thousands of dollars.
Everett police believe the thieves somehow discovered her absence and broadcast in social media the vulnerability of the residence. Thereafter there ensued a tag-team approach to burglary where one group of thieves would wait until the previous left the house then they would enter and begin their taking of the victim’s property.
But once police discovered the burglary campaign they then set up inside the residence and waited for the next round of burglars to walk in to the welcoming arms of Everett PD.
“We would see someone come in, they’d dark out their headlights and park and jump the fence and we’d make an arrest,” said Det. Mike Atwood with the Everett Police Department. “We’d get set up again and it would be an hour and another car would come in and circle the house. It’s been pretty amazing to watch. Pretty disgusting to watch, actually.”
Police arrested ten at the scene and indicate that more arrests are likely. Over ten thousand dollars in goods have been recovered so far. The case is ongoing.
By Darren Smith
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