POLICE BLOTTER | Dec. 24, 2014

Fountain lurker

Police report a Seattle man who was arrested Dec. 12 for possession of child pornography was accused of taking hundreds of photos of young girls in bathing suits at the Seattle Center International Fountain. 

The man is also accused of distributing the photos to people across the country.

Compromised lockbox

A man in the 500 block of Fifth Avenue West called 911 at 5:52 p.m. on Dec. 12, when he arrived home to find it had been broken into. He’d been away from home since 2:30 p.m. 

When police arrived, he showed them a lockbox in a communal hallway downstairs in the building. The box had been pried open, and according to the building manager, several keys were missing. 

The victim reported about $14,000 of his property had been taken during the burglary, the most important being a passport.

Feeling rattled

A woman in the 3400 block of 39th Avenue West called 911 at 11:49 a.m. on Dec. 14 to report what she believed was an attempted burglary. 

She said she was upstairs in bed at 3 a.m., when she was awakened by her back door rattling. She said she was certain someone tried to open the back door.

A responding police officer took a look at the back door and couldn’t find any signs of an attempted burglary. 

Pried deadbolt

Just before 2 p.m. on Dec. 14, police responded to a commercial burglary in the 1500 block of Queen Anne Avenue North. The burglary happened overnight, while the business was closed. 

The deadbolt on the front door was pried out. Once inside, the burglars ransacked the business, going through drawers and cabinets. 

Cash, five checkbooks, a credit card and a debit card were taken from the cash register. 

Surveillance cameras captured video of two men in the stairwell between 3:15 and 3:30 a.m. 

Picked lock

Police responded to a burglary call on Dec. 13 at a home in the 500 block of Aloha Street. 

The victim told police he’d been away from home since Nov. 20 and returned on Dec. 12. He said he was sure he’d locked his deadbolt when he left, but that the door handle was unlocked. When he got home the deadbolt was unlocked, and the handle was locked. 

All of the closet doors, cabinets and drawers were open and had been rifled through. 

Many items were taken, including a stack of documents including tax forms and legal documents. 

Responding police officers determined that the deadbolt lock had been picked.

Busted back door

A man in the 2400 block of 36th Avenue West called 911 on Dec. 12, when he arrived home to find his back door busted in and his house ransacked. 

He said he had been away from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. He entered through the front door and immediately noticed many of the drawers in the house were open and his items were all over on the floor. 

Then he discovered that the glass window of the back door was shattered and the door was open. 

Many things were stolen from the house, including 20 video games, four video-console controllers, a tablet computer and a diamond necklace. He estimated the value of the items taken to be about $3,000. 

Hole in the wall

Police responded to a burglary call from a business in the 2000 block of 15th Avenue West at 8:10 a.m. on Dec. 12. 

The business owner said he’d received a call from his alarm company at 3:50 a.m., reporting a motion alarm had been tripped but then reset. He didn’t respond to the business to investigate. 

When he arrived at 8 a.m., he found a hole in the wall that is shared with the business next door. 

He checked his surveillance video and saw the burglar crawl on the ground toward the safe. When the suspect saw that the alarm had been tripped, he turned around and crawled back out the hole. 

Police checked with the business next door and discovered their front door hadn’t been closed properly the night before. 

Nothing was stolen from either business.

Smashed glass door

Police responded to a residential burglary call at 9:42 p.m. on Dec. 13. When they arrived at the house, in the 1300 block of Seventh Avenue West, they spoke with the homeowner. 

He said his family was away from home from 3:15 to 9:40 p.m. When they returned home, they found the patio door smashed inward and a laptop computer missing from a table next to the damaged door. 

They found an upstairs bedroom ransacked, with some jewelry missing. They checked the rest of the house and found no further damage or anything else missing. 

The homeowner said their dog probably scared the burglar off. The dog was barking at police when they arrived at the house.

Two window screens had been taken off the frames and left on the ground; these windows had pry marks around them. 

Police spoke with the neighbors, who said they didn’t hear anything.