Alleged Costco Thieves Busted by Their Predictable Getaway Habits, Cops Say

Lloyd Doyle
March 20, 2018

A pair of alleged thieves in Seattle bolted through a Costco fire exit last week to what they had thought was a waiting getaway vehicle.

Police said when they arrived on the scene, they found an 18-year-old woman seated in the driver's seat of a black Toyota, staged at the fire exit at the Costco.

Two thieves burst through the emergency exit of the SoDo Costco carrying armloads of stolen laptops and vacuums Wednesday afternoon, only to spot a group of officers standing between them and their getaway driver.

The video shows the moment several officers met one of the alleged thieves sitting in a vehicle parked near the Seattle Costco's fire escape.

On March 14th, at about 5:30 pm, South Precinct officers responded to a call of a shoplift in progress at the Costco.

"So we block her [car] in, and then as we get out, we pull her out [of the car]", said one of the officers, who narrated what was happening as everything occurred. Video shows the suspects open a back door and walk right into the waiting officers.

'You hear them trying to kick that door open from the inside, so these guys all standing there waiting, ' he said. He was booked for investigation of robbery, while the other two suspects were booked for investigation of theft. The merchandised was worth about $2,200.

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