EVERETT — 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.