Sammamish is located east of Seattle and it is considered one of the more upscale cities in the area. Homes in this area tend to be quite pricey, with prices reaching up into the millions. Recently, one of the homes was targeted by some squatters who had ambitions of using it as their stash house.
Someone who works for the owner of the home finally stumbled across their cache of ill gotten loot and it was not pretty. According to reports, “12 guns, bulletproof vests, more than 15,000 fentanyl pills, heroin, meth, and more than $40,000 in cash” were found inside. The police were summoned to the residence.
While they were there, trying to figure out their next move, two of the likely owners of those drugs pulled up on motorcycles. Neighbors were able to ID them and they were the squatters who were residing there. Of course, Seattle authorities did nothing about this and the people were back on the streets within a few short days.
Once the squatters inevitably returned to the residence, they decided to bring a few friends with them. Police Chief Dan Pingrey was forced to stand idly by while the group loaded up all of their belongings into a moving van. Kiro 7 News has more about this astonishing turn of events:
“After they were out of jail, we had a large group trying to get back into the house,” Pingrey said. “No one was supposed to be there. The homeowners were not allowing anyone to stay there.”
Taking the advice of local prosecutors and lawyers, Pingrey said law enforcement is limited in what they can do. His frustrations hit a boiling point when the squatters demanded to be allowed to take property inside the home with them. Pingrey said, legally, his hands were tied and officers conducted a “civil standby.”
Pictures taken by a neighbor show police vehicles lined up on the street with officers watching, as the squatters filled a U-Haul truck with items inside. Another picture shows a garage full of appliances, including an ATM.
“We were not allowed to go in there with them and had to allow them to take this property out,” Pingrey said. “The person who had been illegally living there (was able) to come in and get what they stated was their property.”
The part that really gets us is the bit about an ATM in the garage. Did they steal this from somewhere or did they come across it naturally? There are so many follow-up questions that we need answered. We have so many other queries that are unrelated to the ATM as well.
For starters, you would think that squatting in an upscale neighborhood and starting a large-scale drug operation out of someone else’s home would land you in much hotter water than this, from a legal standpoint. How are all of the people who are involved in this travesty not in handcuffs right now?
We need to know how this happened and what lies were told. These criminals probably told the police that the pile of drugs and cash belonged to the people who own the house and that’s about all that came of it. They shouldn’t be back on the street and they definitely shouldn’t be filling up a moving van with a bunch of items that are probably not theirs. Call us crazy on that one. We are a bit old-fashioned after all.
“Somehow these squatters who are living in this residence seem to have at least as much rights as the homeowner,” Chief Pringley concluded. It’s hard to argue with his hypothesis. This is the America that the Democrats want us to live in, an America where common criminals have equal rights with the people that they are stealing from. It would be hilarious if it were not so infuriating. Seattle residents are no longer safe, even if they live in the best neighborhoods that the region has to offer.