MONROE – January 3, 2013 at 07:19 am: Officers responded to a report of a male who had just climbed over the neighbor’s fence in the 400 block of S. Blakely Street in Monroe. Upon arrival officer’s noted very large footprints on the frozen grass. The officers then heard a loud boom or crash and yelling. As they went towards the noise they found a property owner who had been struggling with someone in his garage and then chased the subject from the property. The property owner had been threatened with a knife during the incident, in which a large amount of Canadian coin had been stolen. An extensive search of the area which included a Snohomish County Sheriff’s K-9 was conducted. The suspect was not found. As the officers continued to drive the area, they observed a male walking who was known to the police department from a recent vehicle theft arrest on January 1, 2013. The male immediately turned and walked the opposite way as if he was attempting to avoid the officer. The officer contacted him and the male admitted to having a knife which he removed from his pants. When asked if he had additional weapons, he stated “nope, just a bunch of change”. When asked if they were Canadian coins, he said “yeah, how did you know?” The property owner victim was brought to the location and positively identified the male as the one that broke into his garage, stole his coins, fought with him and threatened him with a knife.
Benjamin A. Pickrell, age 24 of Monroe was arrested for Burglary, 1st degree and taken to the Snohomish County Jail for booking. His size 16 shoes were among the items placed in evidence.
Of note, Pickrell was released from the jail, five hours before this new incident occurred. Additional charges of six counts of possession of stolen property related to the motor vehicle theft on January 1st were also included on this arrest.