Deputies use radio to track car stolen at North Bend

King County sheriff’s deputies used quick communication to find a car stolen from North Bend and arrest the suspected thief.

Just before 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, a woman traveling from Idaho to the Seattle area stopped at a store near North Bend’s exit 31. She went into the store for a few minutes, and when she came out, her 1993 Honda sedan had been stolen.

Three King County deputies quickly responded, but the car was gone. Other deputies, monitoring the same radio frequency, also began to look for the stolen car.

About 20 minutes later, a county sergeant spotted the Honda on Highway 202 near Duthie Hill Road, headed for Redmond. The officer forced the driver, a 27-year-old man, to stop. The man and his passenger, a 27-year-old woman, were taken into custody.

The arrest slowed traffic on 202 for a few hours while officers investigated the theft and recovered the vehicle.

Both subjects were booked into the King County Jail for investigation of auto theft. The car was recovered and returned to the owner.

North Bend Police Chief Mark Toner told the Record that the arrest was possible because all county cars working the area between Interstate 90 and Snohomish County use the same radio frequency, allowing officers near Redmond to be aware of calls in North Bend. In all, Toner said 14 deputies, sergeants and detectives were involved in responding to the theft.


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