January 26, 1998
Burglary suspects arrested in Woodinville
WOODINVILLE--Officer Graydon Matheson's curiosity was piqued when he saw the 1996 Dodge Intrepid parked by itself behind a real estate office at 1:30 a.m. last Wednesday morning. Parked in the shadows, it wasn't a place employees normally left their cars. The tires were wet, the engine was warm and a door was ajar, Matheson, on his third day on the job as a Woodinville police officer, also noticed. But what probably furrowed his brow the most were some suspicious tools sitting in plain view in the car parked near MacPherson's Realty in the 17800 block of 130th Ave. N.E.
Recently, there had been a number of commercial burglaries in the area. Matheson and a K-9 unit staked the car. An hour-and-a-half later their patience paid off. At about 2:50 a.m. a white 1993 Dodge Caravan exited from State Route 522 and pulled into the parking lot. Officers followed but lost sight of the van momentarily. When officers located the van, it was parked next to the Intrepid. An estimated $100,000 in computer and radio equipment was being transferred from van to car. But of suspects there wasn't a trace. Officers fanned out.
Matheson saw and pursued one suspect while K-9 Officer Edward Christian arrested a 26-year-old Seattle man. When Matheson's suspect eluded him, he took custody of Christian's man. Christian and police dog Zed then tracked a 29-year-old Tenino man to a storage shed at Victorian Village in the 12700 block of N.E. 180th St. where he was arrested. The suspect allegedly confessed to first stealing the van from Mountlake Terrace earlier that night, then robbing Icom of America in Bellevue. The pair are also suspected of burglarizing a computer store in Redmond the same night, according to King County Detective Pat Raftis. Both suspects were booked into King County Jail on two counts of investigation of possession of stolen property.
Of Matheson, Woodinville Police Administrator Sgt. Rich Krogh said the officer had shown "great initiative." He said it would've been easy for Matheson to merely run the Intrepid's license plate and have left. The car belongs to the Tenino man. Matheson, a University of Washington graduate in political science, has been with the King County Sheriff's Office since May, 1994.