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February 21, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Fired employee suspected of stealing $22,000 of business’ property

King County Sheriff’s Office detectives found $22,000 worth of stolen property and a cache of 17 firearms, zip ties, gloves and masks inside a robbing suspect’s home. (King County Sheriff’s Office photo)

A man suspected of stealing $22,000 worth of property from a business that had fired him then trying to sell the goods on Craigslist was arrested and booked into jail Wednesday by the King County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation also uncovered a cache of 17 firearms, ammo, zip-ties, masks, gloves and motorcycle-gang paraphernalia at the man’s home, where another current employee of the robbed business also lives, according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Charlie Akers.

Though the current employee has only been questioned so far, charges are pending for both men, Akers said.

Detectives began looking into the case on Feb. 13, when the owner of a company in an unincorporated area south of Seattle reported $10,000 worth of Bluetooth keyboards missing from a warehouse. Because there were no signs of forced entry, the business owner suspected the heist was in inside job. On Monday, a full inventory of the business revealed that $12,000 worth of tripods also had been stolen.

When the owner spotted items on Craigslist similar to the stolen property, a King County detective set up a buy. That led to a house not far from the business. Once a search warrant was obtained, detectives found the stolen property as well as the firearms and robbery kits.

Akers said the business owner did not want the location and name of his company released.

Comments | Topics: King County Sheriff's Office, robbery

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