Joe’s robbers arrested by IPD

November 18, 2008

By Kathleen R. Merrill

Four men were arrested Nov. 12 for snatching up $3,000 worth of merchandise at Joe’s and running out the door without paying, police said.“This case came together because of the good witnesses in the store, who were able to identify the guys and the car, and then giving us the descriptions quickly and leading us to being able to catch these guys,” Police Chief Paul Ayers said.

The four men were later booked into the King County Jail for investigation of organized retail theft, a class B felony, a crime punishable by one to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $20,000. The Press doesn’t name suspects until they have been charged.

The charge is more serious than shoplifting, and is chosen when people make a plan and organize to commit a theft, Ayers said.

“People have done such robberies before, but these guys did it on a bigger scale,” he said.

At about noon, Issaquah Police responded to Joe’s Sports, Outdoor & More, 1185 N.W. Gilman Blvd., on a report of a theft.

Several witnesses saw three men leave the store carrying armloads of merchandise they hadn’t paid for. The men all had coats and backpacks, Ayers said.

The three then ran to a waiting vehicle, driven by a fourth man.  

Witnesses got the license plate number and a description of the vehicle for police. Officers called to the store then stopped the vehicle on Interstate 90, where the four men were identified and arrested. 

About $3,000 worth of stolen property was recovered from the vehicle.

Reach Editor Kathleen R. Merrill at 392-6434, ext. 227, or editor@isspress.com.

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