April 18, 2024 9:42 am

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LPD make arrests in retail theft, another in burglary gang, and an overnight shooting

LYNNWOOD—Lynnwood Police Department (LPD) in cooperation with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office arrested, on February 20, a 23-year-old male on several counts of residential burglary and theft. The subject and his co-conspirators are suspected of being involved in numerous residential burglaries relentlessly targeting Asian and Indian homeowners throughout Puget Sound from Thurston to Snohomish counties. More arrets are expected, LPD said.

Suspect involved in residential burglaries. SOURCE: Snapshot from ring video provided by Lynnwood Police.

“This marks the 8th arrest, locally, over the past 8 months of Central and South American nationals that have been operating in an organized manner to target the victim’s cash and jewelry,” LPD announced on social media. “Evidence suggests the suspects were surveilling the victims at local Asian or Indian businesses.”

Lynnwood Police suggests investing in audible alarms, camera systems, and heavy safes that are secured to the floor.

The arrests follow LPD Chief Cole Langdon’s announcement reminding residents to remain vigilant.

“While we’re not looking for hyper vigilance, because at that point it starts to intrude into you being able to live a joyful life, we do think it’s important to be vigilant,” Langdon said.

The following day, on February 21, LPD arrested eight suspects in a retail theft emphasis operation at Fred Meyer on 196th Steet near City Hall. One of those arrested had an outstanding warrant, and another had just been released from juvenile jail earlier that morning.

Items recovered by LPD in the retail theft operation were gourmet ice cream, high-end all-natural shampoo and conditioner and other hygiene-related products.

Later that Wednesday evening, at approximately 10 p.m., Lynnwood Police and Snohomish County Deputies responded to multiple calls of gun shots near the 3400 block of 156th St SW in unincorporated Lynnwood just over half a mile away from a drive-by shooting in 2022  which left two juveniles with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

Both Lynnwood Police Spokeswoman, Marin McKay, and Snohomish County Public Information Officer, Courtney O’Keefe, confirmed with thew Lynnwood Times that multiple casings were found at the scene but no arrests were made.

“There are no descriptions of any subjects involved,” McKay said. “No one was injured and nothing appeared to have been shot.”


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