In the "stupid criminals" file

By Pamela Singleton, Sonitrol Pacific Director of Communications
Posted January 29, 2009

I review the details and listen to the audio of all the arrests made after Sonitrol Pacific detects criminal activity at one of our protected sites, so I’m pretty used to stories of crazy things criminals do. However, this rises to a new level of “what was he thinking?”

EVERETT, WA – A 24 year old Everett man was arrested today in the men’s bathroom of the Everett Police Department for allegedly attempting to sell Oxycodone and other drugs from a stall inside the bathroom.

A plain cloths sergeant and officer from the Department’s training unit were in the bathroom when they heard the man answer his cell phone and attempt make a deal for the drugs. It appeared to the officers in the bathroom that the suspect was desperately trying to sell the drugs as he made several other calls from inside the bathroom stall as the sergeant listened in.

In a bit of disbelief the sergeant told his partner what he had heard. As the man started to exit the bathroom he saw the plain cloths officer, who was wearing a shoulder holster and gun, asked him if he worked for probation. Apparently the man thought he was at the probation office.

As the man exited the men’s room he was confronted by the officers. When asked, the man admitted to trying to make the drug deals in the bathroom and handed over his stash of drugs to the officers.

The suspect was arrested and booked into the Snohomish County Jail for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.