Police arrest man suspected in dozens of auto thefts

Police arrest man suspected in dozens of auto thefts
James Phillips

MARYSVILLE, Wash. -- The Marysville Police Department has arrested a 30-year-old man suspected in dozens of auto thefts throughout the Everett and Marysville areas.

On Wednesday, the Snohomish County Auto Theft Task Force, or SNOCAT, released a photo of James Phillips, who they believe worked with the already arrested Corey Johnson to steal 30 or so Hondas over the past three months.

According to Snohomish County law enforcement, after the release of his photo Phillips immediately called investigators and declined to turn himself in.

Around 10:45 that night, Marysville officers pulled over a car in which Phillips was the passenger. He was arrested after reportedly leading officers on a brief foot chase.

According to investigators, Phillips and Johnson are responsible for auto thefts from Anchorage Storage, Freeway Storage, Everett Community College and Everett Hospital.

In addition to Hondas, they are reportedly linked to several stolen pickup trucks, cargo trailers, motorcycles and other burglaries.

It is also reported Phillips is the owner of a chop shop in the area.