On Nov. 8, around 6:30 p.m. in the 600 block of Galer Street, two Seattle Police foot-patrol officers were flagged down by a burglary victim as they searched for a suspect in a trespass report. The victim, who lives in the 600 block of Galer Street, came home to find his front door kicked in.
The officers checked the apartment, finding it clear of suspects.
The victim said he left his apartment at 8 a.m. and returned at 5:30 p.m. to notice his video-game console and laptop were taken.
The police officers suspect the person they had been looking for on foot patrol may be responsible for this burglary. This suspect is a person of interest in multiple trespassing incidents in the area. Residents have reported spotting him in the area at least once a day. The building management told police this suspect has broken into multiple vacant units.
Residents have been advised to call 911 immediately when they see the suspect.
The maintenance man for a church in the 3200 block of 15th Avenue West called Seattle Police around 1 p.m. Nov. 7 to report that a storage room has been broken into. He said the break-in happened sometime between 4:30 p.m. Nov. 5 and 3 p.m. Nov. 6.
The storage room was secured with a padlock. The suspect tried to cut the lock and failed, then simply cut the loop portion of the hasp the lock was secured with.
Three saws were stolen from the storage room.
On Nov. 6, Seattle Police responded to two burglaries that occurred in neighboring, detached garages in the 300 block of 28th Avenue West. Officers responded to the first house at 9:14 a.m.
The victim said the burglary occurred sometime between 9 p.m. on Nov. 4 and 8 a.m. on Nov. 5. The burglar entered her detached garage through an unlocked door. She said the suspect rummaged through the garage and her car and took $20 in change and a $25 gas card.
At this time, the victim told the officer her neighbor's house was also broken into during same time period, and they had pictures of the burglar.
The neighbor said that, between 8 p.m. on Nov 4 and 9 a.m. on Nov. 5, the burglar entered his detached garage through an unlocked door. The victim said the suspect took an umbrella from the garage and an iPod and some loose change from his vehicle, which was parked with the windows open.
The victim informed the officer he had cameras installed in his garage and that there was video of the suspect rummaging through the garage at about 12:52 a.m. on Nov. 5.
At 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 4, Seattle Police responded to the report of a burglary in the 2500 block of 14th Avenue West. A building manager found the victim’s door forced open at about 2 p.m. and called 911. Upon arrival, officers met with the manager.
The wooden doorframe was damaged, indicative of someone forcing the door open. Inside, most of the drawers in the apartment had been opened, and there were things thrown all about.
Because she was out of town, police spoke with the victim on the phone, and the only thing that she knew was missing was her laptop.
The manager had workers at the scene fixing the door, and he said he would secure the home until the victim returned.
Bad key box
A Seattle Police officer was dispatched to investigate a burglary at a restaurant in the 3100 block of West McGraw Street on Nov. 6. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with an employee, who said that, when he arrived around 1 p.m., he noticed the front door was unlocked.
When he went inside, he then noticed that several items were lying on the floor, but he didn’t notice anything missing at the time.
The owner said he came in just behind the employee. He also looked around and didn’t notice anything missing, either.
The owner then said that he had placed a key box outside the restaurant with a spare key in it for other employees who need to gain entry; that key box was now missing.
The owner said he had already contacted a locksmith and bought cameras for the business.