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December 30, 2011 at 3:03 PM

5 held in Christmas Day burglary in Sammamish

Three people have been arrested and two are being held at the King County Jail in connection with a Christmas Day burglary in Sammamish.

The case began when a Sammamish couple returned home Christmas afternoon to find their front door shattered and jewelry and cash taken from their home.  The investigating deputy noted that the glass appeared to have been broken by two steel ball bearings likely launched from a slingshot.

The day after Christmas,  another Sammamish deputy was monitoring a Klahanie apartment where the people inside were believed to be hiding stolen property and selling drugs. He saw a vehicle leaving the complex and recognized the driver, a 30-year-old Carnation man, from past arrests and knew he had a suspended driver’s license. He stopped the vehicle and arrested the driver, who also had an outstanding warrant for trafficking in stolen property.

A search of the driver revealed a steel ball bearing and several items of women’s jewelry.  The deputy thought the ball bearing was similar to the ones described in the previous day’s case report. Based on a photograph of the jewelry taken at the scene, other deputies contacted the burglary victims, who identified the items as theirs.

Based on a statement made by the arrested driver, detectives executed search warrants on the Klahanie apartment, an associated vehicle and an Issaquah storage unit on December 27th and 28th. They recovered thousands of dollars in jewelry and power tools that have been connected to a total of four area burglaries thus far. Two additional arrests were made during the search of the apartment. The 32-year-old woman from Issaquah and a 34-year-old man from Everett remain in King County Jail on $10,000 and $50,000 bail respectively.

The Christmas burglary victims identified a number of items recovered from the storage unit as belonging to them as well.

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