Shoreline Police Detectives nab drill bandits

Thursday, March 25, 2010

By Sgt. Katie Larson, Shoreline Police

During the last week of February Detective Coblantz received a phone call from the Loss Prevention Officer for Home Depot. He asked for help with a series of thefts with the same suspect(s) stealing tools and leaving via the fire doors.

These suspect(s) are suspected of committing numerous thefts of this nature at Home Depot Stores to include Shoreline. The Loss Prevention Officer was able to provide Detective Coblantz with the license plate number to the suspect(s) car.

Detective Coblantz began his investigation and ultimately identified one of the suspects.

In speaking with the Loss Prevention Officer he said that there are a total of seven cases, three in Shoreline and four at the North Seattle Home Depot. According to Home Depot a female will drop the suspect off in front of the store and drive around to the back near the fire exit. The suspect will go to the tool section and select some of the drill sets following which he will immediately head to the fire exit and flee to the waiting car.
Detective Coblantz developed probable cause for the suspect and put out a bulletin to local law enforcement agencies.

On 03/16/2010 Home Depot advised Detective Coblantz that the suspect(s) had hit at their store in Everett and then at the Home Depot in downtown Seattle on the 17th.

Suspecting that the suspect(s) may hit the downtown store again Detectives Coblantz and Inn working cooperatively with Home Depot Loss Prevention set up on the store in Seattle.

Shortly before 1 pm Detective Coblantz observed the suspect’s car pull into the parking lot. He watch as the main suspect entered the store. The driver of the suspect vehicle pulled around and parked by the fire door. Detective’s Coblantz and Inn arrested him without incident. The second suspect attempted to flee but after a brief foot pursuit was arrested by Detective Coblantz.

Detective Coblantz will be filing the Shoreline cases in addition to the thefts that occurred in Seattle, Everett, and now one from the City of Bothell. This is an on-going investigation as additional information becomes available.
Home Depot apron courtesy Home Depot Facebook page


Anonymous,  March 26, 2010 at 10:58 AM  

Thanks to Shoreline Police for their good work in keeping our community safe and secure.

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