Police capture man in string of auto thefts in Snohomish County

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MARYSVILLE, Wash. —

Authorities captured a man who is connected to a string of auto thefts in Snohomish County.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said they were looking for 32-year-old James L. Phillips, who admitted to stealing at least 30 vehicles from the Everett and Marysville area over the last three months. He was partners with 31-year-old Corey Johnson, who was arrested and booked on counts of possession of stolen vehicle, theft of motor vehicle. 

After investigators released information about Phillips on Wednesday afternoon, he called authorities and declined to turn himself into the police.

Detectives learned that Phillips was planning to leave the Snohomish County area and received tips about where he may be. 

At about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday, Marysville officers stopped a vehicle in the 5200 Sunnyside Boulevard. 

Accord to authorities, Phillips was a passenger in the vehicle. He ran from the vehicle but officers captured him. 

Phillips was taken to Marysville Jail and later taken to the Snohomish County Jail to be booked.