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Andrews pleads not guilty to vehicle prowl, identity theft, burglary and stolen mail charges
Thor Andrews Jr., who was arrested last month after stealing an iPhone and wallet from a vendor's truck in downtown Redmond, pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of vehicle prowls and identity theft on Thursday.
According to amended King County court charging documents, the 18-year-old Redmond resident from Education Hill was also charged with multiple counts of burglary and possession of stolen mail — to which he also pleaded not guilty.
Previous reports state that the Redmond Police Department's (RPD) Pro-Act Unit had been monitoring Andrews for several months for vehicle prowls in the area and were able to tie him to about 50 vehicle-prowl cases and 100 mail-theft cases in Redmond.
He was first arrested on Dec. 4, 2013 after victim Shawn Jones of Bothell used the GPS tracking app "Find My iPhone," to locate the items Andrews had stolen from him. In addition to Jones' stolen iPhone and wallet, Andrews' first arrest also included probable cause for identity theft for using stolen credit cards from vehicle prowls he’d committed months earlier, previous reports state.
The suspect was booked and released a few days later, but police arrested him a second time on Dec. 28, 2013 for the rest of the crimes he allegedly committed.
According to charging documents, Andrews informed Pro-Act detectives in written and verbal statements that he had committed more than 200 car prowls within the City of Redmond since June 2013 and he "likely committed another 200 in the City of Kirkland during that same time frame."
Previous reports state that Andrews was committing crimes to feed his addiction to heroin and opiates. He had been stealing mail and breaking into cars to steal checks and credit cards to use for gift cards, which drug dealers now accept as payment.
A case setting hearing for Andrews is scheduled for Jan. 30, according to the King County prosecutor's office.