Woman charged in 5 Iss/Sam area burglaries, selling goods behind police station
By CELESTE GRACEY
Issaquah Reporter Staff Writer
August 9, 2012 · 2:21 PM
A SeaTac woman accused of breaking into five Issaquah and Sammamish area homes was also was charged with selling her loot behind the Issaquah police station.
Jackie Jean Johnston, 46, was charged residential burglary and first degree trafficking of stolen property Aug. 6.
Two neighbors say the saw the woman leaving through the window of their neighbor’s home holding a brown bag. It was later found that the homeowners had lost jewelry and computers worth about $12,000, according to the court documents.
The witnesses saw the woman walk to her white truck, which was parked in a known hideout for illegal activity on a Sycamore Creek Lane cul-de-sac.
Issaquah Police Department detectives looked through all reports from the area to see if something with the truck’s description came up, when they found Johnston’s plate number. The witnesses then picked her picture from a photo montage, according to the documents.
Before the arrest, a man purchased a laptop from Johnston for $100 near the ballfield restrooms behind Issaquah City Hall July 27.
The man then took the computer to the police station, where he told officers that he believed it had been stolen. Detectives used the serial number to discover it was missing from a Sammamish burglary. The witness also pointed out her face from a montage.
Detectives investigating a third burglary also found a $2,500 guitar on a police database. It had reportedly been stolen Aug. 6. They got her name from the shop owners, according to the documents.
They arrested her at the Issaquah Park and Ride and seized her truck, where police later found about $11,000 in stolen goods.
Contact Issaquah Reporter Staff Writer Celeste Gracey at email@example.com or 425-391-0363.