MONROE – August 7, 2013 at 7:21 am: Monroe Police Officers responded to a report of a male attempting to open door handles of parked vehicles in the 18200 block of Blueberry Lane in Monroe. As officers approached the scene they contacted a possible suspect that matched the description of the male at the intersection of N. Kelsey St and Blueberry Lane. The suspect was wearing a backpack which contained a Phillips brand Heartstart defibrillator. The officer at the scene recognized that this may be an item that was stolen from St. Mary’s Catholic Church in a burglary over the weekend. The suspect was placed under arrest for attempted vehicle prowl.
An employee from St. Mary’s came to the police department with paperwork from the defibrillator purchase. The paperwork exactly matched the defibrillator that was located on the suspect. The officer was able to release the stolen property back to St. Mary’s so it could be put back in case of an emergency at the church.
Ricardo Rodriguez, age 26 of Monroe was taken to the Snohomish County Jail for booking on charges of Possession of Stolen Property.
For additional information on this press release, contact Administrative Director Debbie Willis at 360-863-4579.