Early on December 4th, Snoqualmie and North Bend Officers responded to the area of 9800 Railroad Ave SE for a Suspicious Vehicle complaint. A white van was parked outside the designated parking area in the elk meadows. Officers arrived and contacted an adult male near the van.
The male was detained for the investigation based on ongoing cable thefts from the area and that specific van having been seen in the location before. As the investigation continued, a second male was hiding in the brush nearby with two backpacks, bolt cutters, and wire loppers just a few steps away.
Near the van were stacks of cut cables waiting to be loaded into the van. Hand tools, Milwaukee power tools, batteries, and sawzalls were staged in the van. In a backpack, officers located a realistic replica handgun with a working trigger.
In this case, the arrests result from alert community members and your officers going the extra mile in their investigations. The same van and a silver F-150 truck had been reported to police as having been parked on the South side of the elk meadows the day before. Several poles along the road’s Northside had been cut down, and several sawzall blades were found near the poles.
Both suspects are North Bend residents and are out on bail. They have been charged with Attempted Theft 2nd and Malicious Mischief 3rd. Lumen estimated the initial damage to be at least $20,000, which could rise based on repair costs.
According to Snoqualmie police Ofc. James Kaae, from what they understand, the cable is fiber optic and bundled communications cables. Like other cable thefts, it is likely sold as scrap for cash.
This case is the second arrest the Snoqualmie Police made for the cable cutting and theft.
[Information provided by the Snoqualmie Police Department]