A husband-and-wife shoplifting spree near Seattle went awry when the man ran over his wife with his pickup truck as she fled from a security guard.
The couple, and a second woman, went into a Kohl's store in Redmond, Washington, east of Seattle, equipped for the theft. The 49-year-old husband returned to his pickup truck in the parking lot, but the women stayed in the store, stuffing more than $750 worth of merchandise into foil-lined shopping bags. The foil was an attempt to thwart the store's security system. Merchandise included clothing, shoes and perfume.
While the man waited in the truck, his 49-year-old wife and their accomplice ran through an emergency exit as they were being pursued by a loss-prevention officer. As they ran into the parking lot, the husband accelerated his truck toward the officer. The officer jumped out of the way. Though he was clipped in the leg, the officer was not seriously injured. After missing the security officer, “the truck plowed into the driver's wife instead.” Nevertheless, the two women managed to jump in the truck and the trio sped away.
As they ran from the store, one of the women dropped a shopping bag that contained merchandise as well as her own purse and identification.
The incident occurred in November, but the husband wasn't arrested until last month when he was picked up on a warrant and booked into jail. He was charged with second-degree assault and second degree theft. He is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.
His wife is still wanted on a warrant for second-degree theft. She is also wanted on a bench warrant for a 2015 felony drug case, according to The Seattle Times.
The couple's accomplice has not been identified.
The husband and wife have extensive criminal histories, including multiple arrests on felony and gross misdemeanor charges.
In Washington, a person is guilty of theft in the first degree if he or she steals property or services valued at more than $5,000, other than a firearm. It also includes theft of property of any value taken off of a person; theft of a search and rescue dog while the canine is on duty; and theft of commercial metal worth more than $5,000.Theft in the first degree is a Class B felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a $25,000 fine, or both.
A person is guilty of theft in the second degree if he or she steals property or services that exceed $750 in value, but does not exceed $5,000, other than a firearm. It also includes theft of public records, theft of an access device, and theft of commercial metal worth more than $750, but less than $5,000.Theft in the second degree is a Class C felony, punishable by up to five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both.
A person is guilty of theft in the third degree if he or she steals property or services that does not exceed $750 or includes 10 or more merchandise pallets, or 10 or more beverage crates, or a combination of 10 or more merchandise pallets and beverage crates. Theft in the third degree is a gross misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail, a $5,000 fine or both.
No matter the crime, every defendant has a right to representation by a qualified attorney. If you have been arrested and face criminal charges, call the Seattle law office of Steve Karimi at (206) 621-8777 or contact him online.