Police Blotter Week of 6-5-17

Car prowler caught in the act, arrested

Around 12:20 a.m. on Wed., May 31, officers were dispatched to the 8800 block of 42nd Avenue S.W. in response to a report of a man testing car door handles to see if any vehicles had been left unlocked. As officers were arriving in the area, the call was updated. A witness observed the suspect getting into one of the parked cars and then walking away on foot. Officers found a man matching the suspect description and detained him. The witness was able to positively identify the man as the same one seen entering the car. The owner of the car confirmed that items left in the console were missing. Police arrested the 37-year-old man and booked him into King County Jail.

Bicycle thief

Officers received a call around 9 a.m. on Sat., May 20, reporting that a man on a bicycle was wrestling with a man on a moped near the intersection of 20th Avenue S.W. and S.W. Henderson Street. When police arrived, the suspect was gone. The victim explained that he lived in an RV, which is
currently parked on S.W. Henderson Street. Earlier in the morning, he was sleeping inside, when his dog barked and woke him up. He heard someone trying to open the door handle of his RV. A few minutes later, he saw an unknown man riding away on his bicycle, which had been propped against the back of the RV. Later that morning, the victim saw the same man riding the stolen bicycle north in the alley. He told his friend about the crime, who then rode off on his moped to look for the thief. They found the man in front of his house, and they started wrestling. The thief got off the bike and started yelling at other witnesses from the block, who had gathered around. The victim took his bike back and the suspect started yelling at him and threatening witnesses. The suspect took cans out of his backpack and threw them around. He also grabbed a box-cutter and slashed the moped’s tire. Witnesses saw the suspect walk around the corner and break two windows the victim’s RV. The suspect finally walked away. Police checked the area for the man but were unable to find him. The man was described as being in his 30s, and wearing a blue shirt with a vertical stripe and gray sweatpants. He was carrying a black and green backpack. Officers took photos of the scene and the damaged RV windows and submitted the images to evidence.

Burglary of home and car on Fauntleroy Way S.W.

A man residing on the 5900 block of Fauntleroy Way S.W. woke up around 5 a.m. and went to his car parked outside. He immediately noticed it had been ransacked, as a number of items were scattered on the seats and the floor. He also saw a bag sitting in the front seat that he knew had been inside his apartment. He went back inside and realized a few things were missing. He searched the home and saw that someone had entered through an unlocked patio door while he was asleep. When he went back to his car, he found that the cell phone he had left outside was gone. The victim went back into his apartment and called the police. Officers searched for prints but were not able to find any.

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