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Accused prolific power tool thief detectives say WMW helped identify — arrested

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FUGITIVE CAPTURED August 11, 2015 —
Mill Creek detectives say Jesse Finney was arrested and booked into the Nisqually Corrections jail on Tuesday.

FUGITIVE UPDATE June 26, 2015 —
Since we featured the case a few weeks ago, Mill Creek detectives have identified the suspect as Jesse Finney — and say he just hit again last weekend.

This time it was the Lowe’s in Lynnwood. The surveillance photos from that heist show him wearing the same shirt he wore during the Mill Creek theft, so he must think it’s his lucky shirt.

Detectives say Finney is linked to cases in Snohomish, King, and Pierce County and say has pawned over 20 power tools in just the past couple months.

You see in his Facebook photo below that he’s got a ton of tattoos on his chest and arms and plays guitar.

finney tatsHe could be driving the red Ford Explorer pictured below with Washington license Plates 163YKV.

If you know where he’s hiding, call an anonymous tip into:
CRIME STOPPERS: 1-800-222-TIPS

You must call the Crime Stoppers hotline with your tip to be eligible to receive a cash reward for information leading to a fugitive’s arrest.

CLICK HERE for information on how to TEXT A TIP to Crime Stoppers.

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FUGITIVE WANTED IN MILL CREEK June 5, 2015 --
It's time to help Mill Creek police crackdown on our state's growing retail theft plague by telling them the name of a bold power tool-stealing suspect who was blatantly caught on camera.

In the surveillance video you see him stroll into the Lowe's home improvement store in Mill Creek with an empty shopping cart. He heads to the tool department where a camera is perfectly positioned to see him mill around for a while before putting about $600 worth of power tools into his cart.

But it's what he does right before he strolls away that shows how bold he is. "The thing that's odd to us is the cameras are at head height and the guy’s face is turned towards the cameras and he's looking almost dead into the cameras, so it's almost like he realizes he was on tape, but didn't care,” says Mill Creek Ofc. Ian Durkee. “It looks like he just believes that there's going to be no accountability for what he's doing, it's 'So what your camera's there. You don't know who I am, I'm going to walk right out of there without any concerns.’ Unfortunately it's all too common that these types of tool thefts happen, they may seem like a small dollar amount but it was a brazen kind of a theft and we want to send a message that those little things aren't going to go unnoticed and we're going to do everything we can to find him and arrest him."

Police aren't linking him to any other similar crimes in Mill Creek, but think it's very possible this isn't his first time and say he's just one face behind a rampant crime on the rise. "Organized retail theft is a growing problem where multiple groups of people get together and commit similar types of crimes and so it's not just the one $600 theft, when you aggregate all the thefts that they're committing it's a significant amount of money and they're selling those tools to unsuspecting buyers, so unfortunately people are buying stolen tools probably unbeknownst to them sometimes, so we don't want that to occur and we want to shut that type of behavior down."

If you know this accused crook’s name, call an anonymous tip into:
CRIME STOPPERS: 1-800-222-TIPS

You must call the Crime Stoppers hotline with your tip to be eligible to receive a cash reward for information leading to a fugitive’s arrest.

CLICK HERE for information on how to TEXT A TIP to Crime Stoppers.

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