Northwest NEWS

August 31, 1998

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Stillwater Elementary emergency container burglarized

   by Woodinville Weekly staff
   For the second year in a row, thieves have targeted an emergency container located behind Stillwater Elementary School.
   Last year, disaster preparedness supplies donated by the Stillwater PTSA were stolen from the large SeaLand container. After the theft, members restocked it, said PTSA member Sue Juhre.
   Then again this summer, unknown suspects using a large vehicle backed up to the container, hooked a chain to the door to pull it open, and made off with almost all the supplies, according to the King County Sheriff's Office.
   The theft was discovered on July 29, apparently by a school janitor.
   Stolen from the container were tarps, bungee cords, 400 jars of peanut butter, 1000 servings of crackers, two water filters, 288 MRE's (meals ready-to-eat), 216 packages of fruit and 20 blankets.
   According to King County Sheriff's Detective Steve Soule, there are no leads in the case.
   "It's a rather strange type of theft," he said. "These items really aren't good for resale, so we don't really have anything to go on."
   Juhre said the estimated value of the items was about $800.
   She said it appeared access to the container was gained through a broken gate to the old recycling center.
   "We are hoping that the area will be made more secure," she said.
   Stillwater PTSA is offering a reward for the prosecution of those responsible and/or the return of the supplies. Anyone with information should call Detective Soule at 425-836-5674.