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Cowlitz sheriff’s deputies and a Kelso police officer on early Friday morning arrested a couple wanted in Bellingham for first-degree robbery.

According to the sheriff’s office, Longview police unsuccessfully attempted to pull over a vehicle with a burnt-out taillight. Deputies and Washington State Patrol troopers spotted the vehicle on Pleasant Hill Road north of Kelso, but they lost sight of it after a short pursuit. A vehicle was later found wrecked on a side road.

Paperwork in the vehicle linked it to suspects in a Bellingham robbery, according to a sheriff’s press release.

Checks at the Ostrander Store and Lexington Chevron using photos of the suspects revealed they had been at the gas station in the last two days. Shortly afterward, employees at the the Ostrander Store reported that the suspects were there at that moment.

Officers arrested the couple without incident. The man was armed with a loaded .40 caliber handgun and possessed heroin. The woman was attempting to make purchases with a credit card stolen from a Longview resident, according to the press release.

The male possessed additional IDs and credit cards in the names of others.

Records show the suspects are Michael Scott Enck and Brittany Marie Enck, who were booked at the Cowlitz County Jail at about 10:15 a.m. Friday.

They were held without bail on Whatcom County warrants for first-degree robbery and organized retail theft. Michael Enck also was held on suspicion of possession of stolen property and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Brittany Enck was held on suspicion of felony eluding.


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