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Year-old drug raid brings 15 felonies

A couple arrested more than a year ago with suspected stolen property - including a trailer stolen more than a decade ago - were expected to be arraigned on more than a dozen felony charges today.

Mark J. Sarber, 50, and Brenda R. Sarber, 35, were charged via warrant last month after a Washington State Patrol investigation led detectives to a house full of stolen property in Airway Heights in November 2008.

Along with a quarter-ounce of methamphetamine, Airway Heights police spotted suspected stolen property at Sarbers’s home at 614 S. Horton St. after Mark Sarber allowed them inside on Nov. 12, 2008, according to a search warrant.

A trailer reported stolen more than a decade ago and a motorcycle reported stolen in 2002 were returned to their owners shortly after the raid.

Now the Sarbers are charged with illegally possessing them. Police said at the time of the raid that piles of property, including expensive vacuum cleaners, golf clubs, Xbox 360s and flat-screen televisions, may never be claimed because victims didn’t save identification like serial numbers.

Sarber posted $50,000 bond after his Dec. 9, 2008 arrest, and a judge released Brenda Sarber on her own recognizance the same day.

Both still are out of jail and were to plea innocent today to two counts of first-degree possession of stolen property, one count of second-degree possession of stolen property, one count of third-degree possession of stolen property, four counts of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine, Hydrocodone and OxyContin), two counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, one count of taking a motor vehicle without permission, one count of use of drug paraphernalia, and one count of first-degree trafficking in stolen property.

The charges were filed Jan. 6.

Past coverage:

Drug bust uncovers stolen goods


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