A car stolen in Kirkland and equipped with a GPS unit led police in Snohomish County to a small arsenal of stolen guns, power tools, jewels, another stolen vehicle, a small amount of methamphetamine and the arrest of two people.
According to a story in The Herald, the case began with a report of a black 2001 Chevy Tahoe stolen from a Kirkland area motel. It had been equipped with the GPS by an Everett auto dealer. Snohomish County Sheriff’s detectives on Monday tracked the rig to a home in Cathcart, near the town of Snohomish.
Inside were a 30-year-old man and his 23-year-old girlfriend, who said they were preparing to leave for Idaho. Investigators with the Snohomish County Auto Theft Task Force were called in, obtained a search warrant and ended up finding the two stolen cars, 14 firearms -- 11 of them confirmed stolen and including a sawed off shotgun and military-style rifles -- along with 3,000 round of ammunition, an estimated $50,000 worth of power tools, gun accessories and a few bags of precious stones, including diamonds, rubies and sapphires.
Most of the guns were found in the Tahoe stolen in Kirkland. "It was a rolling arsenal...or a rolling gun shop," a task force member, Washington State Patrol Sgt. Jason Longoria, told the Herald.
The other vehicle was a Gene Juarez Salons maintenance van, reported stolen in Bellevue that morning.
Both suspects remained booked Thursday at Snohomish County Jail.
For the full Herald story, click here.