The Washington State Patrol on Friday released security video from the governor's office that shows two women who are accused of breaking into Gov. Jay Inslee's private office at the state Capitol walking through the lobby and taking items.
The Washington State Patrol released security video Friday from the governor’s office that shows two women who are accused of breaking into Gov. Jay Inslee’s private office at the state Capitol, walking through the lobby and taking items.
A portion of the video, released after a public records request by The Associated Press, shows the women walking through the office lobby, and one woman picking up a trooper hat and putting in on her head. Another portion of video taken from a different security camera shows the two women returning to their car parked on the Capitol campus. Two women were later arrested — Emily Huntzicker, 22, of Beaverton, Oregon, and Rachel Kamiya, 29, of Seattle.
The Olympian has reported that both women were tentatively scheduled for arraignments in Thurston County Superior Court in Olympia on July 8.
Patrol spokesman Bob Calkins said the two shimmied up a ledge at about 7 p.m., when it was still light outside, and entered through a second-floor window June 15. Calkins said they took a Squaxin Island Tribe blanket, a Native American mask, a bottle of wine and a ceremonial state patrol hat, and other items, including a framed photo of Inslee and retired basketball star Magic Johnson.
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Huntzicker was arrested for investigation of second-degree burglary Monday night after patrol Sgt. Matt Wood pulled over her Subaru on Interstate 5 in Chehalis.
He noticed the ceremonial hat for troopers inside and found the bottle of wine — empty — on the floor, Calkins said. Kamiya was later arrested at a Seattle coffee shop where she worked.
Huntzicker told a detective she and her friend entered the governor’s office through an open window and “just started taking stuff,” court papers said.
The burglary was discovered the next morning when a State Patrol cadet noticed the hat was missing and quickly reviewed surveillance video of two women entering through the window.
Calkins said in an email Saturday that improved cameras would have helped find those responsible. “We had pictures of the suspects that weren’t really recognizable, and a picture of their car that was so fuzzy we couldn’t enhance the plate. We don’t necessarily need more cameras, just modern ones,” he said.
David Postman, spokesman for Inslee, said Saturday that not every step of the women’s movements could be seen in the video, but after trying several windows, they were able to open one. The latch on the window may have appeared to be in the locked position, but was not, he said.
“It becomes clear when you see the video – we saw it right away – that they were not in there to steal things of monetary value,” Postman said. “It wasn’t a political event, they were not protesting, they did not damage anything…looking at the footage, they didn’t appear to pose any physical threat to anybody.”
The State Patrol is in charge of changing security procedures, but Postman said the problem with the window where the women gained entry has been fixed, and “that won’t be happening again.”
“It was alarming that it was able to happen, that the security was not tight enough to keep these people out of there, but luckily that was discovered by people that were not out to damage or threaten or do anything else than what they did,” Postman said.
Seattle Times reporter Coral Garnick contributed to this report.