Couple sentenced after being linked to 23 crimes, including Mercer Island

Arne and Crystal Rosander — a married couple responsible for a number of crimes throughout the greater Puget Sound, including Mercer Island — were recently sentenced after more than a year of investigations conducted by multiple law enforcement agencies.

The investigation began Jan. 9, 2012 when a Redmond Police officer took a car prowl report.

The victim reported multiple items stolen, including her wallet, which contained several credit and debit cards. Redmond Police Department (RPD) spokesperson Jim Bove said after fraudulent transactions were made with them, an investigation led officers to the suspect names.

"We learned that Bellevue and Bothell police departments had active cases on them, too," Bove said. "Our investigators took the lead on the case and on Feb. 2, 2012, served a search warrant on their residence where they located a large amount of stolen property, including stolen mail, sports equipment, electronics, purses, clothing, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, a stolen motorcycle, tools and a shotgun."

He said the Rosanders were linked to 23 total crimes including 11 in Redmond and others in Bellevue, Bothell, Issaquah, Kirkland, King County, Lynnwood, Mercer Island, Renton and Seattle. The crimes ranged from mail theft, car prowls, motorcycle theft, fraud and storage burglary.

Arne and Crystal Rosander both pled guilty to several counts of mail theft and second-degree identity theft. Arne Rosander was sentenced to 17 months in prison followed by three years of Department of Corrections (DOC) supervision. Crystal Rosander was sentenced to eight months in prison followed by three years of DOC supervision. Both suspects were also ordered to pay several thousand dollars in restitution to the victims.

"This goes to show the importance of reporting crimes, no matter how small they may be and keeping a good record of your valuables, credit cards, electronics and jewelry," Bove said.

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