Woman arrested for July burglary
August 7, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
Issaquah police arrested a SeaTac woman Aug. 1 in connection with a July burglary.
Police said the arrest came after a positive identification by residents and a weekslong investigation. The burglary occurred in early July in the Sycamore neighborhood south of downtown Issaquah.
Jackie Jean Johnston, 45, remained in custody at the King County Jail on $10,000 bail Aug. 6 on charges of burglary, possession of stolen property and trafficking in stolen property.
Officers discovered Johnston’s truck at the Issaquah Transit Center, 1050 17th Ave. N.W., Aug. 1 and alerted a detective.
Police then served a search warrant on the vehicle, and discovered jewelry and other stolen items from burglaries in Issaquah, Sammamish and unincorporated King County near Issaquah. Detective Sgt. Kevin Nash estimated the cost of stolen items discovered in the truck at “well over $10,000.”
Police later arrested Johnston and booked her into the King County Jail.
County records indicate Johnston spent almost five days in the King County Jail in late March for possession of stolen property and trafficking in stolen property.
Nash said Johnston appeared to have worked alone in the Issaquah-area burglaries. The case remains open and under investigation by the Issaquah Police Department.
Nash later contacted the items’ owners to start the process to return the stolen property.
Police encouraged residents to remain vigilant as a spate of burglaries impacted neighborhoods throughout the city in recent weeks.
“Issaquah — we’re a small city,” Nash said. “We respond to anything and everything. If you’ve got a tip on something that seems like it’s small — a suspicious person in an area —hey, we might come out and arrest a burglar. You never know what you’re going to find.”