Alarmed burglar

A Queen Anne man called 911 at 1:40 p.m. on Feb. 19 after hearing a loud crash and then his neighbor’s burglar alarm sounding.

When he looked outside, he saw a car speeding away and noticed that his neighbor’s front door was open.

Police arrived and found that the front door had been forced open, damaging the frame. Inside the house, nothing was moved around or rifled through.

Police think the loud exterior alarm, which the neighbor heard, scared the burglar off. 


Police responded to a 911 call reporting a burglary at a home in the 2500 block of 38th Avenue West at 10:50 a.m. on Feb. 16.

The homeowner’s sister had stopped by and found the house ransacked. The homeowner was out of town, and a tenant who also lives there wasn’t home during the burglary.

The burglar stole a video-game console. The suspect also rifled through desk drawers and boxes of checkbooks. He removed one metal box from a closet shelf and left it open on the floor upon discovering that it only contained photos.

Responding police found several fingerprints on items the burglar touched, including the metal box.

The bedrooms were ransacked. Clothing and boxes were strewn about on the floor. Police found more fingerprints on several items the burglar moved, including a tin of shoe polish, a container of breath mints, a wooden jewelry box and a piece of crown molding, which was ripped off the top of the wardrobe.

It looked like the burglar used the dresser drawers as makeshift steps, to climb up and look on top of the built-in wardrobe. As they did so, the burglar apparently grabbed hold of the crown molding to pull himself up, ripping it off.

The lower-level back door had pry marks on the jamb around the doorknob. The dead bolt was undamaged, meaning the door was probably not dead bolted at the time of the burglary. 

Welcome home

On Feb. 22 at 11:42 p.m., a Magnolia man called 911 to report a forced-entry burglary to his home in the 3200 block of 32nd Avenue West.

He said that he and his family had left on Feb. 14 for a long weekend. He said he left several lights on and all doors locked. When he returned, all the lights were off.

He entered to find many cabinet doors open.

The rear door had been forced open, with damage to the door and frame. Several pieces of wood were lying on the floor.

The main circuit breaker adjacent to this damaged door was turned off.

The victim said he was missing an e-reader and several checkbooks. 

A good friend

At 11 p.m. on Feb. 14, police responded to a 911 call reporting a possible in-progress burglary at a home in the 1900 block of 10th Avenue West.

Three police units responded and spoke with the complainant, who was waiting outside. She said she was dropping off a key at her friend’s house when she noticed that the door was slightly open. She tried the handle, which was still locked, but the door swung easily inward.

She stepped inside and immediately noticed that the doorjamb was broken and laying on the floor.

She said it looked like someone kicked in the door. She also thought she heard a noise coming from inside the home.

Police searched the home and found no one inside. They did find multiple areas of the home that appeared to have been rummaged through, including open cabinets and awkwardly placed furniture that appeared moved.

The complainant called her friend, then walked through the house with police to identify what areas had been rummaged through and what was missing.

Among the stolen items were a snowboard, a jewelry box, a video-game console, 15 video games and an e-reader.

Police spoke with the resident, who was out of town, on the phone. She said she left home on Feb. 9 without telling very many people.

She told police she had locked herself out of her home about six weeks before and had to call a local lock company. She said she had a bad feeling about the representative who came to her home: She felt he was casing it.

The complainant said she would stay at the home and get the door fixed for the homeowner.