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Seattle Pair Pleads Guilty to Breaking Into Woodinville Businesses

The two Seattle men broke into emergency key boxes, then stole computers and other electronics. They will be sentenced Feb. 3, and federal hacking charges are pending.

 

Two Seattle men who broke into emergency key boxes and then stole electronics from pleaded guilty Tuesday to six counts each of second-degree burglary.

Brad E. Lowe, 36, and Joshuah A. Witt, 35, each face a sentence range of 51 to 68 months in prison after pleading guilty in King County Superior Court in Seattle to the 2010 burglaries. They will be sentenced Feb. 3 before Judge Mary Yu. 

Federal charges of hacking into computer systems of local companies, allegedly to steal personal and business information, are pending.

Prosecutors say Lowe and Witt stole servers, computers and electronics equipment from nine businesses in Woodinville, Redmond, Kirkland and Bellevue. Businesses lost more than $750,000 in the break-ins, which date back at least to early 2010, charging documents say.

Prosecutors says they hit:

Woodinville-based Loud Technologies, 16220 Woodinville-Redmond Road, reporting about $500,000 in high-end music and computer equipment stolen Nov. 15, including servers with trade secrets on them.

Also hit in Woodinville:

•, 19825 141st Place N.E., on June 9 and Nov. 4. 
•BDA, an advertising firm, 15525 N.E. Woodinville Duvall Road, Nov. 22.

In Bellevue:

•, BizXchange, Blinkx and , all located in the same Eastgate building at 3600 136thPlace S.E., June 13-14. All had computer equipment stolen; BizXchange also had gift cards for various businesses stolen.

•Intava Corp. and Mind Tree, both in the same building at 2375 130th Ave. N.E., Dec. 3-5.

In Kirkland:

•Alaska Structures, 5808 Lake Washington Blvd., March 2010. A replacement Knox box with new keys was stolen in December.

•WB Games Inc., 12131 113th Ave. N.E., Nov. 17.

•Sign Up Digital, 733 Kirkland Ave. N.E., Dec. 4.

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