Cops apprehend suspected Clinton burglar after chase

A 34-year-old Clinton man accused of burglarizing a Freeland home last February could face nearly 10 years in prison if convicted of a litany of charges against him, court documents indicate.

Prosecutors charged Garrett J. Edwards in Island County Superior Court Oct. 22 with first-degree burglary with a deadly weapon, first-degree theft, trafficking in stolen property and two counts of theft of a firearm.

All the counts were charged with “aggravating circumstances” because Edwards committed multiple offenses. If a jury finds that aggravating circumstances do exist, it would increase his sentence.

Edwards is wanted on a $150,000 arrest warrant, but is in custody in Snohomish County, according to the Island County Sheriff’s Office.

On Feb. 28, a Freeland resident reported that he returned home from surgery and found his house had been broken into. Guns, a large amount of jewelry, silver, gold, computers and a TV were stolen.

A few days later, Deputy Shawn Warwick with the Island County Sheriff’s Office found that Edwards had pawned some of the stolen jewelry at a pawn shop in Lynnwood, according to his report on the case. The resident later identified the jewelry as his, the report states.

Warwick and another deputy searched a home where Edwards had visited and found a stolen laptop.

On March 15, Warwick tracked down Edwards at a home in Clinton. He initially ran from the deputies, but gave up and complained that his leg was injured from someone hitting him with a tire iron, the deputy wrote.

He later admitted that he had swallowed a “package” containing two grams of heroin when he ran, the report states.

In addition, Edwards allegedly had baggies of suspected methamphetamine and heroin on him, the report states.

Edwards denied burglarizing the home, but said he pawned some of the property because he didn’t know it was stolen; he told Warwick where to find two of the stolen guns that were hidden in bushes, the deputy wrote.