Edmonds police detectives are continuing to investigate a burglary at Dank’s Warehouse cannabis store early Thursday morning, in which suspects broke a glass door and attempted to steal an ATM located inside.
According to EPD spokesperson Sgt. Josh McClure, officers responded to a commercial alarm at the business, located in the 7200 block of 212th Street Southwest, just before 3 a.m. Thursday. Officers were only a few blocks away when the call was dispatched, and when police arrived they found a red minivan parked in front and another occupied sedan stopped in the roadway, acting as a lookout, McClure said. Officers saw broken glass and recognized it as an obvious burglary, he added.
The sedan that had been in the road drove away, and police followed it to southbound Interstate 5 before the vchicle “recklessly took off when an attempt to stop it was made,” McClure said. Officers did not pursue the sedan “in compliance with state law,” he said.
Assisting officers did not locate the red van when arriving at the business, but the van was seen following the officer that was following the sedan. Officers were unable to attempt to stop the van, McClure said.
At the scene, investigating officers reviewed video that showed two possible suspects in the minivan. One of them used a sledgehammer to break the glass door of the business and enter with an unsuccessful attempt to remove the ATM. Detectives are continuing the investigation and will work with other area departments. Anyone with information can email email@example.com or call Edmonds police at 425-771-0200.
Disgusting how our state law prevents officers from doing their job. Suspects allowed to escape to commit more crimes in the name of “public safety”.
Hopefully follow up investigators will be able to locate the low lifes and and bestow a lengthy prison sentence.
That’s if the judge doesn’t coddle them and let them go free with probation and counseling.
When Washington voters keep electing these legislators who are soft on crime criminals will thrive and feel embolden. Communities will feel unsafe, and law enforcement will have their hands tied in doing what they are trained to do !
I commend our police for not chasing these vehicles as per current state law. Would it have really been worthwhile to chase these people driving recklessly into normal traffic risking innocent bystanders, motorists and officer’s lives over broken windows and an ATM that the police prevented the stealing of; just by their rapid response? I would assume these vehicles had license numbers that were copied down for investigation and possible identifications at a later date. Police responses should always be commensurate to the seriousness of the crimes they are trying to prevent and investigate. Too much police response can be just as harmful as not enough. Their jobs are hard enough without expecting them to be super men and women with no concern for their own or our safety. Their actions in this case made us all safer in the moment and were the right thing to do.
A person with basic reasoning skills & logic in a comment section? No way!
The woman interviewed on TV made a very intelligent observation … how do we (us) know the criminals weren’t impaired? Catch them & find out, then file a slew of criminal charges against them. The Judges need to be publicly identified when they allow these criminals to go free & re-commit. I want to know details about a judge’s decisions and because it will affect my vote and citizens are outraged!!
Have to agree with Christine. The woman impaired in one incident allowed to just drive away to probably hurt someone else. It’s all ridiculous. I don’t blame our police as their hands are tied it seems. But I do blame our prosecutors and judges and city and state for not doing something about this. And yes citizens are afraid and are outraged. Whoever is willing to stand up and do something about this situation in our city will get my vote for Mayor and or Council. I don’t care if people steal a muffin. But I too would like to know what does happen to these criminals when they are arrested?? How about some disclosure on this. Tired of talking about the environment ( I care) but I believe we have much to fix here before we can think about much else.
I’m still not convinced that a high speed police chase of someone high on any mind altering substance or fleeing a crime; whether high or not, is a great idea for anyone involved. Sounds good, and makes for great entertainment on police dramas but; in the real world; I choose to have my doubts. I do think our DUI and extreme speeding penalties are too lenient with too many second and third chances given caught and convicted offenders. Start lifetime suspension of drivers license on 2nd offenses and confiscation and resale (for court costs) of vehicles on second speeding and reckless driving convictions and watch our roads get safer. Something goof ball; wanna be race drivers and druggies might actually fear happening to them. Many countries simply do not put up with drunk or reckless type driving and do not allow 2nd chances for bad drivers to wreak their havoc and kill someone.
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