Man arrested, accused of breaking into 9 businesses in Everett
EVERETT, Wash. -- A 21-year-old man was arrested and could face a number of charges for breaking into at least nine businesses in the Silver Lake area of Everett, according to Everett police.
In each case, the man smashed store windows and glass doors, police said. Surveillance video captured from Carolyn Brennan’s dog grooming business Dog Day 2 shows the man pulling up in a stolen car just before 11 p.m. on Friday. The video showed the man using a tool to shatter the glass on the front door, proceed to stand back for a moment, then make his way in to look for cash at the front register, Brennan said. The register was empty, except for a few pennies.
"When he was done... he just went out the door with (the dog)," Brennan said.
Luckily, the dog was still roaming around the parking lot when Brennan got an alert from her alarm company and arrived about 20 to 30 minutes later.
"If he had just left this gate, left the dog in, and gone out the gate – the dog would have been safe here, but he just walked out with the dog and had no concern at all," Brennan said.
Everett police believe Brennan's business was the burglar’s first stop on a spree that spanned several blocks along 19th Avenue Southeast.
"He was a busy guy," said Ashley Woodard, an employee at China Dumpling & Noodle House.
The same suspect smashed a glass door at the China Dumpling & Noodle House. The restaurant was one of at least five businesses that was hit in the Silver Lake Plaza complex. The burglar got away with some cash and an iPad that's used for take-out orders, Woodard said.
"This is the first time it’s happened to us," Woodard said. "I feel super bad for the teriyaki place. They’re a little mom and pop. Literally a mom, a dad, and sometimes they bring their kids over to watch them as they’re working. And they got robbed like 2 times in one year. It sucks, but there’s nothing you can really do."
Police later caught the suspected burglar in a parking lot down the road, a spokeswoman said. He had property on him that belonged to at least one of the businesses that had been hit, she added.
The man was driving a car that had been stolen during a burglary in Edmonds, police said.
"Very frustrating," Brennan said.
It’s the fourth time Brennan's business has been hit in three years, she said. Thankfully, no one was hurt.
"Most of us are just mother and daughter, family-oriented," Brennan said. "We’re not corporation businesses. Operating on very slim budget. Keeping things going. Have to wash a lot of dogs to make rent here and these people don’t take that into consideration. I just feel if these people that are spending time doing this put as much time into actual work ethic and a good job as they do this, they’d probably be very successful."
Three other similar break-ins were reported outside city limits, according to Everett police. Detectives are trying to figure out if the crimes are connected.