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Snohomish County Auto Theft (SNOCAT) Task Force Investigation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  June 18, 2013

CONTACT: Lieutenant Jeff Brand
Breaking News Pager: 425-339-5700

Everett, Washington– Detectives from the SNOCAT Auto Theft Task Force have been cooperatively investigating a string of auto thefts from Everett and Marysville since April 2013.  The investigation began on April 9, 2013 when Everett Police arrested a male suspect near Everett Community College, after he attempted to steal a pickup truck.

Over the months that followed, SNOCAT Detectives worked with Investigators from the Everett and Marysville Police Departments to serve search warrants, recover stolen property from multiple burglaries as well as locating a number of stolen vehicles and stolen property from a chop shop in the Lake Goodwin / Lake Howard area.   

Corey Johnson, a 31 year old Marysville resident has been arrested and booked on numerous counts of Possession of Stolen Vehicle, Theft of Motor Vehicle and Burglary.  Detectives are continuing their investigation and ask for the public’s help locating another suspect in this string of crimes.

James L. Phillips is a 32 year old transient living in Snohomish County who has admitted to stealing at least 30 vehicles from the Everett / Marysville area over the last three months and was a partner of Johnson’s. 

The public is asked to call 911 if they know where Mr. Phillips is or see him and not attempt to contact him.