Three Valley Stores Robbed
October 2, 2008 · Updated 3:00 PM
A couple of coldly calculating burglars (there
may have been a third) staged a pair of daring robberies
in Snoqualmie some time around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday
(Aug. 24) and made off with merchandise and cash that
added up to about $1,400. The stores that were broken into
are the Marshall-Wells and Harding's, with the loot
from the former running slightly higher than the amount
stolen from Harding's.
Town Marshal Buck Adcox and County Sheriff's office, represented by Detectives Claude Dodd
and Walter Reinder, spent the bulk of Tuesday looking
for clues that would track down what appears to be a
"Mutt and Jeff" pair of thieves.
They forced entry at the rear of Judge Hugh
Harding's store first, and immediately stole and put on gloves
to eliminate telltale fingerprints. With the store's lights
on, the pair methodically ransacked the dress and sports
shirt shelves, helping themselves to four dozen. The sizes
they preferred were 15 ½ with 2 sleeves and 16 with 3s.
Then they moved into the shoe department and
casually dumped shoes out in search for sizes 8 and 11. One
burglar left a battered pair of size 7s behind, and from
the run down appearance of the right shoe, this slighter
one of the pair might have a limp. When they helped
themselves to caulk boots they took sizes 9 and 10.
No Insurance Coverage
None of the women's or children's wear was disturbed, but they took half a dozen better grade
sports jackets, and many belts, sundry items still to be
accounted for, and about $20 in small change from the cash
register. Hugh estimates the total loss around $600.
There was no insurance coverage for the Harding loss; first time the store has been burglarized in 32 years.
Using the gloves picked up at Harding's, the
same robbers moved over to Roy Anderson's
Marshall-Wells store and removed a rear window and broke
another glass inside to enter the place. "They had to be
pretty catty on their feet," the town marshal said, adding that
it is possible they may have been drinking because
there was a sticky touch to a lot of the items they'd handled.
Gun Supply Rifled
They went directly to the sporting goods section
and cleaned out the salt water fishing gear pretty
thoroughly, making off with the better rods and reels and dozens
of lures. They took the reels out of the boxes and left
the containers strewn on the floor. They then went to
the drawer where the new guns were stored and
removed the rifles from the boxes and loaded out a lot of
ammunition for the rifles and a pair of 12 gauge guns
they took. Among items missing was another $20 in change.
The method of operation suggests that these robbers are not kids but pretty professional in their
"work." Several clues are being followed by the detectives,
and a panel truck with three young fellows is
tentatively linked to the case. It was seen parked near the
bakery several hours before the burglaries took place. Time
for the break-ins was established by Mrs. Fannie
Bookter who heard noise of breaking glass while she was in
her bakery at 2:30. D. Terrell also heard sounds at the
Robbery in North Bend
On Friday night, either around 11 o'clock or
early Saturday morning burglars broke into the North
Bend Supermarket and made off with a sizable haul of
coffee and five cases of beer. The loss was covered by