A 24-year-old Auburn woman was arrested on Oct. 15 on suspicion of robbery. Prosecutors believe that the young woman and her 26-year-old boyfriend from Kent committed a string of robberies, the last one being of a Quizno's on Pacific Highway South.
The woman had previously pleaded guilty to unlawful use of drug paraphernalia in Pierce County, but she was not sentenced to time in jail. The 24-year-old may now be facing a misdemeanor or a felony charge for the robbery at Quizno's, in which her boyfriend allegedly used violence and the threat of a gun to steal the cash box; the woman is said to have been an accomplice to her boyfriend.
Police say that they are investigating at least four other crimes for which they believe the boyfriend and girlfriend were responsible. A Deputy Prosecuting Attorney said that the woman confessed to other robberies in King and Pierce counties after being arrested.
One of the crimes that police say the woman confessed to was a Walmart robbery in Auburn on Oct. 14. The Auburn Police Department says that in this robbery, the boyfriend drove the getaway car, an overdue U-Haul rental truck; the woman allegedly pushed another person down, grabbed the other woman's purse and fled. The exact charges to be filed against the duo were still unknown a couple days following the couple's arrest.
The father of the 26-year-old accused told a news reporter that it would not surprise him if his son and his son's girlfriend had been committing robberies to support a drug habit. Hearsay regarding an accused's supposed drug habit cannot be used by police in determining charges. A criminal defense attorney may want to verify whether the woman who is said to have confessed to other robberies was properly interrogated by police officers.
Source: KIRO, "Couple arrested in robbery spree", Amy Clancy, October 16, 2013