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CRIMES IN SULTAN DOWN IN FEBRUARY
March 11, 2016
Correction 3/16/16: this report has been corrected to show that the quotes about the crime figures in chart at right came from Sultan Police Chief Monte Beaton and not Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary.
Crime report for February. CLICK TO ENLARGE
(SULTAN, WA.) -- The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office has released the crimes report for Sultan for February, another month where the number of crimes remained low.
Sultan Police Chief Monte Beaton also provided an explanation with the report of why some crime chart numbers don't seem to ft together as one might think they should.
For example, in looking at the charts on the monthly report at right (click to enlarge) you can see the top chart shows Sultan Property Crime (All Dispositions).
Those numbers are the raw calls for those types of incidents that come into the 911 dispatch center.
The second chart shows the same Sultan Property Crime data but with the dispositions of Arrest, Booking, Impounded and Case Reports taken.
Beaton says the difference in the numbers between the two charts is that sometimes officers are called to a Burglary that is not, after all is said and done, actually a burglary. It may be that no one broke into the home or even tried.
For example often, says the Chief's statement "The investigating deputy will find that a family member came into the reporting party’s home or a family friend came over but didn’t let anyone know. The result is that some calls for crimes are not crimes at all and we don’t write reports or make arrests if we don’t have reason to do so."
As an example, the reader can see that “Theft” on the top chart show 10 calls in February but on the bottom chart there were only 6 reports taken. The difference in those numbers is determined at the time of investigation.
Beaton also noted that, "February was a month where we didn’t suffer any spike in crime; the numbers of reported crimes remain low. The numbers got better in the areas of Fraud, Malicious Mischief, Robbery and Vehicle Theft. The numbers were a little higher in the areas of Theft and Stolen Vehicle Recovery."
Beaton says much of the success for the overall low crime rate is due to the removal of known drug houses within the city of Sultan.
"Several of those properties have been vacated by the occupants who moved out of town. We have continued our pursuit of criminals and are making visits to several properties on a regular basis to take away their base to conduct illegal activity. As these properties are cleaned up, there will be more movement toward lower crime rates," said Beaton
Recently, Detective Hawthorne of the sheriff's office made an arrest of a subject who the sheriff's office believes was responsible for "numerous burglaries in the Sky Valley."
Beaton says that arrest - and the subsequent long term incarceration of that individual - will make the entire valley safer.
The Chief said the known burglar got out of prison about 6 months ago, "And has been hammering the Gold Bar region and areas in the County since that time. As soon as he got out of custody, the numbers of Burglaries in Gold Bar spiked. It took time to gather the evidence and put together the warrants and reports but we got him in custody late in February."