Police Blotter Week of 5-27-13

Snack addiction may lead to crime
Earlier in May a woman living on Sylvan Way S.W. said her daughter had a friend over (ages not given). After the friend left, the mother noticed a candy bar and her daughter’s house key, usually hanging on a door, were missing. A few days later the mother arrived home to find her front door wide open. Cautiously investigating, she found that only have a bag of Trail Mix seemed to be missing from the kitchen counter, estimated at $4.

Squatters find arsenal
In early May a neighbor noticed something suspicious at a neglected 47th Ave. S.W. home with an overgrown yard that hadn’t had anyone living inside for at least a year: people. The neighbor called the homeowner (who lives elsewhere) and the owner in turn called police to state she was concerned squatters were living in the house and likely had access to her stash of firearms. Police responded to the house and, sure enough, someone appeared to have been in and out of the house several times after busting down a door. A .44 Magnum revolver with a scope, a 30.06 rifle, a 16 gauge and 12 gauge shotguns were all missing from the home. Police wrote in their report that the investigation was hindered by their inability to check most areas of the house due to large piles of the owner’s property making access to rooms impossible.

Close call
On May 9 a man left his 45th Ave. S.W. home for work in the morning while his daughter slept in the basement. The daughter woke up briefly to what sounded like banging, but assumed it was her dad and went back to sleep. Around 6:30 a.m. she heard footsteps upstairs. She then heard someone starting to walk downstairs towards her room and, sensing something was awry, called out, “Dad?” The unknown suspect spun around and was heard running out the front door, leaving it agape for the family dog to escape.

Bad break
On May 14 a man called police to report over $21,000 in property had been taken from his apartment on the 7300 block of 47th Ave. S.W. The victim told police he believes his ex-girlfriend may have taken his stuff when she moved out recently. Police records revealed there was a restraining order in place between the couple-no-more (the report did not say who the order was against), so the victim wasn’t allowed near the apartment while his ex was moving out.

Greasing the wheels?
Two employees from the White Center License Agency on 16th Ave. S.W., along with the father/son owners of T & C Auto Sales and T & C Wrecking out of SeaTac and Seattle, were arrested on May 22, suspected of allegedly working together in a fraud and forgery ploy to pay significantly less in excise taxes for vehicle sales. A four-month multi-agency investigation including the Federal Way Police Department resulted in the arrests. For more details, visit the full story here.

Reported crime from May 20 to May 23 (limited date range due to holiday weekend):

Burglaries by block: 4700 46th Ave. S.W., 2900 S.W. Avalon Way, 5400 Delridge Way S.W., 5000 47th Ave. S.W., 5400 Delridge Way S.W.

Car prowls by block: 8000 Fauntleroy Way S.W., 9000 25th Ave. S.W.

Vehicle thefts by block: 5400 Delridge Way S.W., 8600 Delridge Way S.W., 6400 29th Ave. S.W.

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