Police Blotter Week of 4-4-11
Rooftop-entry burglaries and a rough vacation homecoming
On the morning of March 28, police responded to a burglary call at a business on the 4500 block of Fauntleroy Way s.w. At some point overnight unknown suspect(s) managed to get on the roof, rip away the metal covering a retired skylight and lower themselves into the business using a rope. The suspects stole $4000 in tools and climbed back out using the rope, which had knots tied into it for footholds. The responding officer noted in his report that the knots in the rope were similar to a burglary pattern Southwest Precinct detectives have been working on, so he photographed it and submitted the photo to evidence.
In a similar incident on the morning of March 25, police responded to a burglary call to another business on the 4500 block of Fauntleroy Way s.w. The store employee arrived for work at 6 a.m. and noticed an open ceiling panel. Police discovered the perps had gotten inside through a large vent on the roof. Once inside they stole $300 from behind the front counter and “dozens of packs of cigarettes.” The employee said the store had surveillance cameras but was not sure they were working properly at the time of the burglary.
A man returned to his home on the 9000 block of 18th Ave s.w. from a month-long vacation on March 28 and discovered his home had been ransacked. His front door was wide open (with a broken door knob) and it appeared the entire house had been gone through. Although the victim had not discovered everything stolen by the time police arrived, he did note that his car had been stolen from the garage. Police found a used cigarette downstairs and lifted fingerprints from a CD cover and upstairs window, which were submitted to evidence.
Around 10:30 a.m. on March 25 a neighbor on the 4300 block of s.w. Webster St called police after seeing two white males in their early 20’s load a flat screen TV into their vehicle across the street and speed off northbound on 44 Ave s.w. Police responded to the scene and found the front door had been forced open. Other officers did an area check for the vehicle and King County police in Burien were notified as well, but the vehicle was never located.
Burglaries by block: 9000 18th Ave SW, 4500 Fauntleroy Way SW, 2200 44th Ave SW, 9400 16th Ave SW, 4100 SW Morgan St, 8100 18th Ave SW, 2500 39th Ave SW, 2200 Alki Ave SW, 4800 Fauntleroy Way SW, 9200 2nd Ave SW,
Car Prowls by block: 3700 SW Barton St (3 on March 30), 4700 49th Ave SW, 5000 SW Admiral Way, 7700 17th Ave SW, 5900 49th Ave SW, 4300 SW Juneau St, 8400 17th Ave SW, 2500 SW Barton St, 8600 30th Ave SW, 6000 37th Ave SW, 7700 10th Ave SW