Suspected package thieves face judge after awkward getaway goes viral


Suspected package thieves face judge after awkward getaway goes viral. (KOMO News) 

EVERETT, Wash. — The suspected package thief who badly injured her leg in a video that’s gone viral faced a judge Wednesday along with her alleged accomplice.

The couple appeared in Snohomish County District Court for a probable cause hearing. The two were each booked into jail Tuesday on several theft charges.

A home surveillance camera captured the female suspect as she slipped and badly injured her leg Friday while trying to make her getaway. She stole several packages from the porch of a home in Bothell, investigators said. One of the packages contained thousands of dollars worth of medicine, court documents reveal.

The woman’s accomplice heard her cries for help. The surveillance footage shows him walking over to her, attempting to help her up, then carrying her back to their car nearby before racing to get the stolen goods that the woman had dropped.

“The fact that she grabbed the packages, started to leave, slipped, and fell is great karma,” said Jack Halter, who lives in the area. “I’m sorry that she got hurt, but I’m also pleased that they got caught.”

Newly-released court documents reveal a tip lead Snohomish County Sheriff’s deputies to the Days Inn near the Everett Mall on Tuesday morning.

“The information before the court is that for several days, she and her boyfriend were hiding out at this Days Inn and knowing that the video of the crime was being broadcast repeatedly all over the internet and television broadcasts nationally,” said Snohomish County District Court Judge Anthony Howard.

Court records state the two suspects admitted to officers that they stole the packages, which were valued at more than $5,000.

An attorney told Judge Howard on Wednesday that the woman is struggling with homelessness, is on a disability, and has 3 children that she tries to support when she can. The woman’s mother is currently caring for the kids in Seattle, the attorney said.

“She could be on desperate times, whatever, but you know… nothing is an excuse for invading other people’s privacy and property. Just isn’t,” Halter said.

Records show the woman’s alleged accomplice has an extensive criminal history, which includes dozens of arrests.

The Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office has until the end of the week to officially file charges against the two suspects.

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