MLT burglary rate continues to climb

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By Doug Petrowski

Burglaries continue to be a major headache for law enforcement in Mountlake Terrace, with the number of residential and commercial burglaries in the city on pace to top annual totals of recent years.

There were 86 reported burglaries in Mountlake Terrace during the first six months of 2012; the total burglaries for all of 2011 was 135, while the total for all of 2010 was 148, the highest of recent records.

The total of 86 reported burglaries during the first six months of 2012 averages out to more than three per week.

The crime statistics were part of the Mountlake Terrace Police Department 2012 Second Quarter Update presented by Chief Greg Wilson to the City Council on August 2.

“In the first six months of 2012 there was a slight increase in the number of burglaries,” Wilson reported, “but that’s not unique to Mountlake Terrace. It’s a regional and state problem that’s going on now.”

The police department finds concern with the increase in the burglary numbers. ?“We are taking active steps to address that,” Wilson said. “We are working on regional efforts to combat that. And our detectives and officers are certainly following up to identify and prosecute the individuals responsible for the burglaries.”

One recent example of the police department making an arrest during a commercial burglary occurred on July 22 when two suspects were picked up while attempting to break into the storage building of the Caffeine Cuties espresso stand at 236th Street SW and 56th Avenue West. Two Seattle females, a 26-year-old and a 25-year-old, were found wearing disguises and wigs, carrying tools, flashlights and rubber gloves, and scraping away at the bolt lock on the storage building door a little after 11:00 p.m.

When confronted by officers, one of the suspects claimed to be a former employee of the espresso stand looking to retrieve money that was owed to her, according to police records.

The two women were arrested for second-degree attempted burglary and booked into the Snohomish County jail in Everett.

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