- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - Everett police say they have made nine felony arrests in the case of an ailing female homeowner whose house was broken into so often that she moved to a motel.

Officer Aaron Snell said Thursday that the initial burglary took place after 66-year-old Sharon Miller was recently diagnosed with a serious medical condition and went to an out-of-state facility for treatment. While she was away, a neighbor notified her of the break-in. Miller left treatment early to return and found her home ransacked, with valuable coins, knife and gun collections, cash, precious and semi-precious gems and jewelry stolen.

Snell says the burglaries continued after her return, prompting her move to a motel.

The spokesman says property crimes detectives worked with crime analysts to figure out a pattern of criminal activity, then worked with patrol officers to come up with a plan. That led to the nine arrests.

Some of Miller’s items and other stolen property have been recovered.


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