Typically, the victims made financial transactions inside of a financial institution and then left cash in their car while they did errands in the area. Everett PD believes that the suspects followed the victims from the banks/credit unions then broke into the victim’s vehicles and stole the money. In most of the thefts, the vehicles were unoccupied. But, two female victims were told that they had flat tires. In other cases, money was stolen from a man as he helped push a vehicle that was blocking a roadway, while a female was robbed at gunpoint.
The Everett PD and the Snohomish Regional Drug and Gang Task Force apprehended two suspects, Giovanny Ramirez-Pedraza from Renton and Javier Rojas-Diaz from Kent in a joint undercover operation. They believe that there may be at least one other male suspect involved with the two suspects. The suspects primarily used vans and SUV’s as part of their operations.
If you know anything about these incidents or you have been victimized by these individuals, please call the Everett Police Department Tip Line at (425) 257-8450 or Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Everett PD recommends that you:
- Keep money and bank envelopes out of sight when you exit a financial institution.
- Count money inside the bank, not as you walk to or sit in your vehicle.
- Always be aware of your surroundings.
- Never leave valuables or cash in your vehicle.