Granite Falls Police help nab local car thief
Granite Falls Police have been busy with dozens of calls reporting stolen vehicles since August 2013. Over 50 cars were reported stolen, 19 of those have been recovered.
All of that seems to have come to end, however, after they, along with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department, arrested 20-year-old Caleb Bradley on January 7.
Bradley, a Granite Falls resident, allegedly used the stolen vehicles to get where he needed to go. He is also suspected of stealing items from the vehicles to help pay for his heroin addiction. It doesn’t look like any of the vehicles were sold for parts.
Bradley told police that he probably stole close to 100 vehicles throughout the county, many of them Honda Accords and Honda Civics.
The suspect was driving a 2008 Honda Civic when he was arrested, which was taken on Menzel Lake Rd.
Bradley told police that he used “jigglers” or shaved keys to break into Hondas, which are the cars that are stolen the most in Washington state in 2012. Other times he took cars where the owners left keys in them. He told police that if he needed the car for more than one night he would then change the license plates.
Bradley did cooperate with police even telling them of the location of another car in Granite Falls and giving them the key.
Bradley was booked into the Snohomish County Jail on four counts of auto theft, but more may be coming in the future. The investigation is ongoing.