Northwest NEWS

May 6, 2002

Local News

Robbers serve coffee, take loot

If there is such a thing as a standard procedure for pulling off a retail robbery, these two robbers sure didn't follow it.
   In fact, while staging a Starbucks heist in Monroe last Tuesday, April 30, the two suspects actually took time to sell the coffee.
   It all happened at the Starbucks located at the intersection of U.S. Route 2 and State Route 522.
   A Monroe Police Department report indicates a coffee shop employee allowed a woman to use the shop's restroom before the business was actually open, about 5 a.m. Apparently, while the woman was in the restroom, a man entered the store.
   The report states, "A short time later these same two individuals approached the manager, displayed firearms and demanded that the safe be opened."
   Not satisfied with the contents of the safe, the suspects manned the drive-up window, serving customers for some 30 minutes ... and pocketing the cash.
   Eventually the suspects fled.
   But based on information attained from employees and other witnesses, detectives began surveillance of a location in the Lake Stevens area.
   That same evening, Monroe police arrested the two suspects when they pulled into a gas station. Two guns were taken from the car.
   Search warrants executed on the suspect vehicle and residence turned up, among other items, a hand-drawn floor plan of the Monroe Starbucks, 30 items of Starbucks merchandise including candy bars and coffee cups, and a significant amount of cash consisting mostly of small bills and checks written to Starbucks.
   The suspects are both in their mid-20s and currently being held in Snohomish County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. Each faces charges of Robbery 1 and Kidnapping 1.