Prosecutors believe the people behind the Sammamish Christmas-Day burglary, as well as four other local break-ins, were also dealing meth and heroin from their Klahanie apartment.
Among other allegations, Nickolas R. Pogue, 35, and Nicole Byrd, 33, were charged with possession of stolen property and a third suspect is expected to face charges in the next week.
Sammamish made a connection to the burglaries during a stake out at a known drug house on the 3800 block of Klahanie Drive Southeast.
Police pulled over a man who left the house, knowing he had a suspended license, and found a slingshot ball bearing in his front pocket. It matched those used in the Christmas burglary.
Police also found two baggies filled with jewelry in the man’s front pockets.
The Reporter doesn’t name suspects who have not been charged.
The suspect told police that there was stolen property in the apartment and that Byrd once bragged about dealing two pounds of drugs a week, according to the charging papers.
During the search of the apartment, police found about 34 grams of meth and heroin combined and about 60 prescription narcotic pills, stowed away in a make-up bag covered in peace signs, hearts and flowers, according to the papers.
Police also recovered two handguns and a $900 pair of Prada boots from the home, according to the papers.
Officers then searched Pogue’s storage unit, where they found several power tools that had been reported stolen, a sawed off shotgun, $900 cash, a revolver and a baggy of marijuana, according to the papers.
So far the items have been matched to five victims in Issaquah, Sammamish, North Bend and Carnation.
Police are trying to find the rightful owners of several other items recovered from the storage unit, including coins and stamps.
Pogue has 11 prior felony convictions. His bail was set at $50,000, and Byrd’s was set at $10,000. Their arraignment is set for Jan. 12.