Police Stop Pot Shop Pilfering


Do you think the stolen pot brownies were for resale or to celebrate after the burglary?

Kris, an Operator in our Verification Center, received crashing sounds of breaking glass and voices at 420 Club/Mile High Green Magic in Tacoma at 3:30 this morning. She dispatched Tacoma PD and continued hearing lots of movement, followed by more alarm activity. The suspects kicked in the front door and then ran away to see if anything happened with the alarm (a common burglar strategy). Our verified alarm system is silent, so they didn’t hear a siren and assumed that the business did not have security. They entered the building and dumped out the garbage bins to pull the trash bags out of them. They then loaded up on merchandise and stole a laptop. While they were inside, the police surrounded the building. When the suspects walked out, the police apprehended three of the four (the fourth was able to run away).  45g of marijuana, two pot brownies and various infused products were recovered along with the laptop.

We protect a number of similar businesses throughout the Puget Sound, so it’s especially exciting to see all of the stolen goods recovered and all but one of the suspects caught.


Now Hiring: Branch/Sales Manager in Tacoma

Sonitrol Pacific, the Pacific Northwest leader in verified electronic security systems, has an immediate opening for a Branch/Sales Manager for the South Puget Sound, based out of our Tacoma office.

Candidates must have 2-3 years in a Branch Management/Sales Management role as well as an established track record of effectively growing and leading others. Responsibilities include managing, retaining, and challenging a small branch staff as well leading and growing the outside sales team in our Tacoma office. As a Branch/Sales Manager, you would coach outside sales reps (primarily focusing on business-to-business sales), recruit new talent and drive your team to exceed monthly quotas.

tacomaSonitrol Pacific offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package including medical, dental, life, disability and 401(k). For immediate and confidential consideration, please call Jim Payne at 253.383.5051 for more information or apply by emailing your resume and cover letter to jpayne@sonitrolpacific.com.

Sonitrol Pacific employees enjoy a growth-oriented and entrepreneurial culture, as well as the stability that comes with being part of the largest independently owned electronic security company in the Northwest.

The Branch/Sales Manager will be expected to drive frequently in the Puget Sound area. This position is salaried and offers opportunities for career growth. Sonitrol Pacific is an EEO employer.



Carjacking Pharmary Robber Behind Bars

untitledA violent criminal who held up a Sonitrol Pacific customer in Des Moines, WA and carjacked a woman in Seattle is now in custody

Stephany dispatched police on a hold up alarm at Des Moines Drug on July 2. She could hear yelling and cursing during the robbery. Unfortunately, the police did not arrive in time, but Stephany could hear a woman describing the suspect to officers over the phone. As it turns out, the same suspect also carjacked a woman in Seattle four hours earlier. The victim was sitting in her car when the suspect approached her with a butcher knife and forced her from her car. He then stole the car and sped away.

Washington’s Most Wanted publicized the cases and CrimeStoppers offered a cash reward for tips on finding him. Last night, Seattle Police found and arrested him.


School Burglar Leads Police on a Chase

Jeff, an Operator our Verification Center, was notified of door alarms at an elementary school in Tacoma at 9 p.m. last night. He could hear movement inside and notified the patrol guard. The guard was in a different part of the district and requested a police dispatch. As he was dispatching the police, Jeff received more alarms from the doors and motion detectors inside. The officers arrived and the dispatcher let Jeff know that the suspect was on the run. Fortunately, the chase didn’t last long before the police apprehended the suspect, who had gained entry to the school through a window.

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Protecting the Power | Break-in at at a Tacoma Power Company

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Ashley was monitoring accounts on Sunday morning in our Verification Center when she received video alarms from the fence at a power company in Tacoma. She could see an individual at the back of the yard prowling between vehicles. As the suspect moved around, Ashley got a better look at him and she could see that he was wearing a brown shirt, dark pants and a ball cap and he was looking into the cargo areas of the work trucks. She dispatched the police, who arrived to the scene and arrested the individual for burglary. The suspect gained entry to the facility by going over the fence. Security for municipal buildings and utility providers is critical for protecting valuable community resources.

This is not the first time we’ve stopped a burglary in progress at a power company — just last fall, there was a string of four arrests over a three week period at a Portland power company.



A Short Performance for Auditorium Intruders

800px-NeiHu_High_School_AuditoriumOperator Michelle Hoffman was monitoring accounts on Friday when she received an alarm on the auditorium storage area of a public high school in Snoqualmie. Listening with the school’s audio verification technology, she didn’t hear anything at first and called the night custodian, who did not answer. Michelle dispatched Issaquah PD. After the police arrived, Michelle received an alarm on the kitchen door and could hear the officer yell “stop!” Three individuals were arrested.


Preventing School Vandalism | Arrests at a Tacoma Middle School

Improving school securityThree juveniles were arrested yesterday evening after breaking a window and climbing on the roof of a public middle school l in Tacoma. Jeff, a swing shift Operator, received alarms from the hallway at 8:30 last night and could hear kids talking. He called the Tacoma School Patrol but the guard was far away and requested a police dispatch. The officers arrived and found the young suspects.

Preventing vandalism at schools has many benefits: custodial time doesn’t need to be spent cleaning up vandalism or replacing windows, students feel safer and more focused on academics, and money spent on repairs and replacements is saved. School vandalism also opens the doors to other crimes, such as burglary. While most school districts have contracts with patrol services, one guard can’t be in more than one place at a time. Observant neighbors can certainly help, but more often than not, intrusions and vandalism at schools goes unnoticed by human eyes. School alarm systems that protect the entire school campus, not just the perimeter, can be useful tools in catching vandalism in the act. Many schools turn to surveillance, but that would only be of use after someone noticed the broken window and the suspects would be gone already. Verified intrusion goes a long ways toward preventing vandalism at schools.


Arrests at Washington Schools

school windowJune 14 was a big day for apprehensions at our Verification Center. In the afternoon, our newest Operator, Alexandra, received alarm notifications from an elementary school in Tacoma. Alexandra, who is still in training, heard young voices inside the building and notified the school patrol. The patrol guard later called back and informed Alexandra that three people had broken in through the window and stolen a laptop. One suspect was arrested.

At 7:30 that night, the Tacoma School Patrol jumped into action again after Alexandra received a glass break alarm and audio security activations at another Tacoma elementary school. The patrol guard found a smashed window and later reported that he had three individuals  in custody.

The grave shift had just begun when Minta heard banging and movement coming from a hallway at an Arlington, WA elementary school. She dispatched the police and notified a responder. The officers found a broken window and requested that the emergency responder come to the school. When they got inside the building, the police arrested one suspect.

If you’re counting, that’s three incidents, seven detected suspects and five arrests on June 14!


Former Employee Breaks into Boise Business

Ibikenternal theft by current or even former employees is a big problem for businesses. According to CBS News, a typical organization loses 5% of its total revenue to employee fraud. While accountability processes and good hiring can mitigate that threat, sometimes it takes more than that to catch perpetrators in the act.

Our Operator, Jessica, received a door alarm in Boise on May 24 from the shop area of a large rental company. She heard what sounded like the door opening and closing with someone on site. Jessica dispatched police. The officers found and detained one intruder until the emergency contact arrived. Apparently, the suspect was a former employee who broke into the shop looking for something to steal. He found a bike that belonged to a current employee and attempted to take it. The story he gave the police was that he worked for another branch of the company and had left his bike inside the location earlier. The emergency contact confirmed that the suspect’s story was false and the suspect was arrested.

This incident is definitely not the first time we’ve detected break-ins by disgruntled ex-employees. Comprehensive, verified security goes a long way toward protecting company assets and people.