Two Enumclaw residents have been charged with theft of government property, theft of personal property and malicious mischief in connection with a string of car prowls at Mount Rainier National Park.
Jamie David Spain, 39, and Dawn Marie Gale, 44, were arrested Sunday morning and remain in custody. They were charged in federal court.
They each face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.
Rangers noticed an increase in car prowls this month and decided to place “bait cars” in the park to lure possible suspects.
On Saturday night, they placed a sedan with a cell phone, GPS device, satellite phone, digital camera and camping gear at the Crystal Lakes trailhead and kept the vehicle under surveillance.
A ranger watched Sunday morning as Spain and Gale allegedly broke out the window of the sedan, stole the valuables and left the parking lot.
The alleged thieves were pulled over a short distance away. Inside their vehicle were the stolen goods and credit cards, driver’s licenses and a cell phone taken from other car break-ins in the park and Snoqualmie National Forest, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.