Northwest NEWS

November 18, 2002

Local News

Police nab suspects in 'lock box' caper

King County Sheriff's detectives suspected a 42-year-old real estate agent was involved in a string of burglaries that took place all around King County.
   "She was the focus of our investigation since early this summer," said King County Sheriff's Sgt. Kevin Fagerstrom.
   Police believed the woman was using her "lock box" access to obtain keys to enter homes that were up for sale.
   Once inside, they believed she was helping herself to cash and small valuables.
   Last week detectives served a search warrant on her place of residence in the 15100 block of 111th Avenue Northeast in Juanita. Inside the home they found cash, jewelry and a quantity of drugs, suspected to be methamphetamine.
   Detectives arrested the woman, an employee of a North King County real estate firm. They also arrested the woman's 32-year-old male associate for an outstanding warrant and for charges related to this investigation.
   The agent confessed to her involvement in the scheme and detectives are preparing to charge both individuals with multiple counts of burglary and possession of stolen property.
   Since the woman's arrest on Nov. 13, Sgt. Fagerstrom said additional people have contacted the police concerning stolen property.
   "One couple found her in their home on Friday (Nov. 8) just wandering around," he said.
   Fagerstrom said the couple was inventorying their belongings to determine if anything was missing.