Man arrested in Snohomish County likely connected to Issaquah heists

August 5, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

UPDATED — 3:35 p.m. Aug. 5, 2009

A man believed to be connected to July robberies at Emerald City Sun Tanning Center and Lovers’ was arrested in Snohomish County Sunday. Issaquah Deputy Police Chief Steve Cozart said today the man was likely involved in the Issaquah heists.

“We believe he is responsible for both the Lovers’ and Emerald City Tanning Center robberies,” Cozart said.

Everett Police arrested the 24-year-old Lake Stevens man Sunday. Cozart said Snohomish County authorities would likely file charges against the man today. Cozart said the suspect’s name would be released after charges are filed.

Cozart said Issaquah investigators would wrap up their cases and file charges with the King County Prosecutor’s Office.

Authorities believe the man who robbed Emerald City Sun July 28 and Lovers’ adult novelty store July 24 could be connected to other tanning salon heists across King and Snohomish counties.

At about 9:40 p.m. July 28, Issaquah Police responded to a call from the tanning salon, 1175 N.W. Gilman Blvd., where an employee said a man entered the business and pretended to be a customer. He then brandished a handgun and demanded cash. He ordered the employee to the back of the business, and then fled from the store.

A man robbed two employees at gunpoint at Lovers’, 5614-C E. Lake Sammamish Parkway, at about 2:30 p.m. July 24. The employees gave him an undisclosed amount of cash from their till.

Snohomish County detectives had said the man could be responsible for as many as 17 tanning salon robberies across King and Snohomish counties.

Snohomish authorities believe the crime spree started July 18, when a man robbed a Mill Creek tanning salon. A tanning salon in the 17400 block of Highway 9 in unincorporated Snohomish County was robbed July 22.

During the July 22 heist, a man walked into the salon, robbed the employee at gunpoint and left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Authorities believe the man could also be connected to a North Bend robbery.

The Great Outdoor Clothing Company in the North Bend Factory Outlet Mall was robbed at gunpoint around 10:50 a.m. on Aug. 1. No one was injured in the robbery. Police records indicate no customers were in the store when it was robbed.

The suspect entered the store and tried on clothes. He left several articles of clothing at the register to hold for him until he returned. The suspect returned a short time later when there were no customers in the store, pulled a firearm on the cashier and demanded money from the register.

The suspect fled the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of money and several items of clothing.

Reporter Michael Bayless Rowe contributed to this report.

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