Northwest NEWS

June 1, 1998

Local News

Two arrests made in aluminum equipment theft

  by Woodinville Weekly staff



   WOODINVILLE--Two Bothell men, ages 36 and 38, were arrested for allegedly stealing $8,600 worth of aluminum equipment from Mackie Design in early May, according to Detective Pat Raftis of the King County Sheriff's Office. The arrests occurred last Wednesday after a Woodinville police officer contacted an area scrap metal dealer who had bought material from the suspects. The two were booked into King County Jail. The aluminum, used in making audio components, wasn't recovered.
  
   Though not formally charged yet, Raftis said he would recommend first degree theft for both. He noted there have been many metal thefts recently and said people should lock up their belongings. "It's a pretty hot market for metals out there now," he warned. In an incident that may or may not have been related, a female security guard interrupted two white males in their 30s at Mackie who were busy loading scrap aluminum into a pickup truck at about 12:30 a.m. May 25. Unable to call police because of a dead cell phone, the guard blocked their truck until they put the metal back.