Officers from the Monroe Police Department responded Saturday to a possible fuel theft in progress in the 15600 block of 177th Dr SE in Monroe. The call to 911 reported seeing someone taking fuel from a neighbor’s truck.
As officers arrived the neighbor pointed out the truck and another vehicle that was parked in the street. As the officer approached the vehicle, he saw two subjects. A male was in the backseat and a female was in the passenger front seat. Both subjects were lying back with their eyes closed. The two exited the vehicle, explaining they were just resting.
The officer noticed a strong gasoline smell coming from the vehicle and noted numerous five-gallon gas cans in the back of the vehicle. There was a siphon hose still in the truck.
The male later explained that they were on their way to Everett and realized that he was going to run out of gas, so he decided to steal some. He was just starting to fill a second gas container when he saw the police coming. He then jumped back into his car and they both pretended they were asleep.
A meth pipe was found on the female and the male stated there may be a bag of methamphetamine in the vehicle.
The 34 year-old male from Monroe and 39 year-old female from Stanwood were arrested for Theft of Fuel and Possession of Narcotics. The vehicle was impounded pending a Search Warrant.