Troopers discover trove of stolen goods during I-5 traffic stop

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SNOHOMISH COUNTY -- A Washington state trooper got a huge surprise Wednesday when he pulled over a car along I-5. Inside were three people and tens of thousands of dollars in goods stolen all along the I-5 corridor.

"It kind of looks like a department store set up in our office here," said  Sgt. Keith Leary of the Washington State Patrol.

All of the merchandise is now evidence.

"As troopers we don't think we're going to be out here counting bras and pants and perfume during the day, so it's kind of a rare find for us," Leary said.

Troopers took three people into custody on theft charges after the traffic stop.

Sgt. Leary said the trooper noticed a large amount of merchandise in the car and started asking questions. The group from Oakland admitted to driving up and down the I-5 corridor for the past couple of months stopping in malls and stealing nearly $20,000 worth of merchandise.

"That's why our prices go up in stores because people are out there doing stuff like this and this is not a small  haul," Leary said. "$3,000, over 17 pairs of sunglasses, bras that are over $50 a piece ... 30 pairs of pants."

Now troopers hope local retailers will recognize the inventory and the three suspects.

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3 comments

  • Mikey

    I love how there is no mention of race, no mug shots, etc. …w/ all the Ferguson sh!t that has been going down. Hmm, wonder what race they were and why their identities are not shown here.

  • Kenneth Briggs

    Mikey , they did tell you what RACE they were , the story said Oakland , CA . so it means that they were so dumb to get stopped they got to be Black and living off of welfare . hope the courts but them away for a few years and them make them pay for all the stuff they took , after all they wanted it so bad they can pay for the stuff now., guess they were lucky that they did not get shot at .

    • Lanisha

      Just because they are from Oakland doesn’t mean there black! I used to work in retail and had the same white meth heads coming into our store stealing every week but we couldn’t do anything because we weren’t allowed to call the cops. You shouldn’t be so quick to just assume that they are black. They could be white, Hispanic, Asian or etc. that shouldn’t matter. Wrong is wrong!