Edmonds police nab jewelry thief; evacuate stores in Safeway mall

Edmonds police apprehended a jewelry thief armed with what turned out to be a toy handgun after the suspect robbed the Cline Custom Jewelers store located in the Safeway Marketplace shopping center around noon Wednesday. A suspicious package that the robber left behind caused the evacuation of neighboring stores in the shopping center, located at 236th and Highway 99 in Edmonds.

According to Edmonds police spokesperson Sgt. Don Anderson, officers were dispatched to Cline Custom Jewelers following a report of a robbery in progress at 12:03 p.m. Employees reported that a white adult male entered the store, displayed a handgun that was tucked into his waistband and demanded jewelry. The suspect fled the store on foot with jewelry of an undisclosed value, Anderson said.

“An Edmonds officer was on the scene within two minutes and apprehended the suspect as he fled Westbound towards Edmonds Way,” Anderson said. The suspect was taken into custody without incident, and officers recovered the toy gun and stolen jewelry at the arrest scene.

Police noticed the suspicious package during the course of the investigation, after which stores were evacuated, and a bomb disposal technician was called in to examine and dispose of the package, Anderson said.

  1. Once again the Edmonds Police Dept has done a superlative job! Two minute response, Wow!

    And just last night Councilman D. J. Wilson again for the second consecutive year threatened additional cuts in the Police if a levy should fail. He should learn to muzzle his silly bloviations.

    The Council should again put a TARGETED levy on the ballot, should it be necessary. Wilson and Peterson will likely have a problem with it, but that’s par for them.

    In any case the Police Dept must remain fully finded. SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT.

  2. Ray, please stop with the argumentum ad hominem. Just because you don’t like people doesn’t give you the right to make up what they have said or you think they might do because you feel it strengthens your point. It doesn’t. It makes you look very sad and pathetic.

    I will agree that this is once again a fine job by Edmonds finest. We are lucky to have them and need to support our first responders, and all of Edmonds’ fine city staff, in every way possible.

  3. Just to give credit where credit is due, it was an employee of said jewelry store who chased down the thief and held him till the cops showed up. So before you write a story, you need to get your facts straight.

    1. Thanks for the clarification, Anthony. My information came straight from the police department, so I trust them as a source, but I appreciate you filling in the details.

  4. Thanks for the reply teresa, i got my info strait from the guy who caught him an held him, would just like to give credit to the man who helped get that scum off the street. Thanks

  5. To be fair, neither the article nor Anthony quite have the story correct. It was not just the employee of the jewelry store that held the suspect for police. Four people chased him outside the parking lot as he ran west on 238th, and then south on 84th. One person was the owner of the jewelry store, who tried to jump a fence to cut him off. One was an individual who located and disarmed the weapon (it was an airsoft gun w/ magazine that looked just like a 9mm). One was the jewelry store employee, and I was the fourth person. As soon as we noticed that one individual had located and disarmed the weapon, we both went in to take him down- I had the suspect by the left arm and the waist, the employee had him by the right arm and the head.

    Feel free to read all the police reports, including witness reports, to verify the accuracy of my information.

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