Dozens of stolen Fred Meyer guns still on streets



Posted on December 19, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Tasha Hodges has worked in fast food for years and she always wondered if she would one day get robbed. One night this summer it actually happened.

"Once they pulled the hammer back, I was a lot more nervous," she said. "They're reckless. You don't know what they're gonna do."

In July, surveillance video captured  a 15-year-old boy using a stolen gun to threaten Hodge's life and clean out the till of her Everett sandwich shop. The same weapon was used a few weeks later by a 12-year-old in another armed robbery.

"It actually amazed me to see that it was a revolver," said Hodges. "That's one of the last things I'd expect to see in a child's hands."

The illegal guns trade added some serious firepower in Snohomish County when 29 guns were stolen from the Snohomish Fred Meyer last month. Twenty-three of them remain on the street, and police have a good idea what's become of them.

"These guns are being used as a trading commodity," said Snohomish Police Chief John Flood.

The six guns recovered so far between Marysville and Everett are tied to meth and heroin. Stolen guns are the currency of choice in the drug underworld, especially in Snohomish County with its rampant heroin problem.

Chief Flood says it's just a matter of time before someone get s shot, robbed or killed with the Fred Meyer guns.

"Someone could be desperate and because they're addicted to drugs and in possession of this gun, they could use this weapon," he said.

It's that thought that has Tasha Hodges worried that maybe her first time getting robbed won't be her last.

"You've got a surplus of weapons on someone's hands who is desperate or doesn't care about the consequences of their actions," she said. "That's scary."