April 5, 1996 in City

Sisters Suspected In Rash Of Holdups

Associated Press

A rash of robberies in Snohomish County appears to be a sister act, police say.

Between them, Jacqueline Marie Fletcher, 31, and her 29-year-old sister, Marjorie Fletcher, are suspected of 13 robberies in Everett, Lynnwood and unincorporated Snohomish County, police said.

When police arrested Jacqueline Fletcher in February, they thought they had ended a one-woman crime spree.

But with Jacqueline Fletcher behind bars awaiting trial, the robberies continued. Witnesses all described the robber as having an appearance much like Fletcher’s.

Wednesday, police got a warrant for the arrest of Marjorie Fletcher, who is suspected of committing four robberies in March while her older sister was in jail. Marjorie Fletcher is believed to be somewhere in Snohomish County, police spokesman Elliott Woodall said.

Although Jacqueline Fletcher wasn’t involved in the four robberies committed after her arrest, police still are trying to sort out which sister did what in the earlier robberies.

The robbers targeted convenience stores and other small businesses. Clerks said a solo robber usually had a gun in her pocket or under a folded coat.

Marjorie Fletcher last was seen Saturday after allegedly robbing an Everett convenience store, police said.

Jacqueline Fletcher, also known as Jacqueline Bircher, was released from prison last May after serving a sentence for two robberies in King County.

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