Seattle Police have arrested two suspects with an impressive history of grand theft auto.
According to Seattle Police, the pair stole a Toyota SUV in SODO on Oct. 8, switched out the license plates, and began using the vehicle to commit new crimes. On Oct. 10, the Major Crimes Taskforce (MCTF) located the vehicle in Ballard, where it was parked at the Safeway on 15th Ave NW and NW Market St.
Working in tandem with the North Precinct Anti-Crime Team (ACT) and patrol officers, they watched the 36-year-old male suspect park the vehicle and walk inside the store, while the 31-year-old female suspect remained in the car. The North ACT officers arrested the male suspect inside the store after he reportedly barricaded himself in a bathroom.
When uniformed officers approached the car to arrest the female suspect, she slid into the driver’s seat and tried to flee, ramming a patrol car and an unoccupied vehicle in the process. She eventually stopped and was arrested, according to Seattle Police.
While being interviewed by detectives, the suspects admitted to, “being in several other stolen vehicles, car prowling, and being in a number of police pursuits in several different jurisdictions.” The man was then booked in to King County Jail for felony warrants for residential burglary, attempted theft, attempted trafficking in stolen property, escape community custody, and for investigation of possession of a stolen vehicle.
The female suspect was booked for a felony warrant for escape community custody and for investigation of possession of a stolen vehicle and assault.