Grandmother bound, safes stolen during robbery

lpemberton@theolympian.comAugust 19, 2013 

Thurston County sheriff’s deputies were investigating a home-invasion robbery that was reported about 1:50 a.m. Sunday in the 15900 block of Case Road in Rochester, Lt. Greg Elwin said.

“It looks like a grandmother was babysitting an 8-year-old and a 3-year-old and two armed males forced their way in the front door, and they took a couple of safes,” he said. “She was tied up and the 8-year-old was told to look away.”

A K-9 unit was unable to track the suspects. Elwin said they likely drove away.

Residents at the home legally operate a business where they grow medical marijuana.

“We believe that because of the nature of the business, the perpetrators targeted this house,” Elwin said.

The grandmother, Brenda Beck, told KOMO-TV that two masked and armed men bound her with duct tape and put her in a utility closet while they ransacked her son-in-law’s house.

“I’ve always been nervous that this was going to happen because it’s happening more and more out there with this medical marijuana-growing thing,” she told the Seattle news station.

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433 lpemberton@theolympian.com @Lisa_Pemberton

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