K-9 finds West Seattle youth’s stolen firearm; Off to juvy he goes

Carrying a stolen firearm is never a good idea. Carrying a stolen firearm while smoking marijuana in public as a juvenile is an even worse one.

Seattle police arrested three juveniles in West Seattle on May 13 after they were spotted smoking marijuana near Westwood Village, leading to a K-9 unit finding a stashed stolen gun belonging to one of the youths.

According to SPD Det. Renee Witt, officers responded to 25th Ave. S.W. and S.W. Trenton St. shortly after noon to reports of four juveniles smoking marijuana. One of the males ran away when police arrived and they were able to catch him within a few blocks.

Witt said officers knew the juvenile, who was found with four bullets in his pocket, to be armed and brought in K-9 “Boomer” to sniff around. He was successful in his hunt.

Another complainant told police two of the males associated with the male in custody had threatened him with a gun, and they were also arrested after being positively identified by the victim.

Witt said the gun was reported stolen from a burglary on April 30, and the owner came to the Southwest Precinct to retrieve his stolen property.

The 16-year-old male associated with the gun was booked into the Youth Service Center for investigation of violation of the Uniform Firearms Act, harassment and possession of a stolen firearm.

Another 16-year-old was booked for investigation of harassment, and the third, a 15 year old, was released to his father’s custody.

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