Seattle Police Officer John Paquette responded to a string of three burglaries that occurred on Sept. 20 at homes located on 39th Avenue West and 37th Avenue West. There is no hard evidence that the three burglaries were committed by the same person.
The first burglary Officer Paquette responded to was reported to police at 7:57 p.m. on Sept. 20. It occurred in the 3000 block of 39th Avenue West, and Officer Paquette responded to the scene at 8:06 p.m. Upon arrival Paquette was met by the victim who said she had left her home at 12:30 p.m. and arrived home at 6 p.m. She said that when she got home she noticed the kitchen windows were open all the way. When she left the house the windows had been opened a third of the way.
The victim said she had enlisted the help of a neighbor to check the inside of the home and found nobody inside. Upon further inspection, she noticed that unknown suspect had gone into her walk-in closet and rummaged through a few items. She also found that almost all of the jewelry from inside her jewelry box had been taken. She later found that some jewelry that she had kept inside a dresser drawer in her bedroom had been taken as well. The victim told the officer that at that time of this investigation, she did not know exactly what the jewelry items were.
Later a second officer, Officer Girtch, also arrived at the scene to take fingerprints off of the jewelry box drawer and off of a chair that was located by the kitchen window. He was able to lift a few prints and place them into evidence.
At 8:45 p.m. on Sept. 20 Officer Paquette was dispatched to a second burglary, this one at a home located in the 2600 block of 39th Avenue West. The victim told the officer that his home had been left unoccupied from 4:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. and during that time it had been broken into.
The man said he had arrived home from work earlier in the day, at 4:00 p.m. While at home he brought the mail in and went into his walk-in closet. He also put a Starbucks card into a dresser drawer in his bedroom. He then took the dog out for a walk at about 4:30 p.m.
The man told police that when he left to take the dog for a walk he had left the back door open as well as the gate to the alley.
The victim's wife arrived home at about 5 p.m. She told the officer that when she went inside the house she noticed that the dresser drawers were open. The husband then arrived home from walking the dog, and she asked him why the drawers were open. Upon further inspection, the victims discovered that some jewelry boxes belonging to the wife were open. The wife said that her necklaces and earrings were missing. The man stated that he had a bag of silver dollars that also had been taken.
Paquette responded to the third burglary at 9:04 p.m. on Sept. 20. This burglary had taken place at a home located in the 2600 block of 37th Avenue West. Upon arrival the officer spoke with the victim, who said that he had left for work in the morning at about 5:30 a.m. He returned home at about 4:30 p.m.
When the victim returned to his home he noticed that it had been rummaged through. Drawers were opened and disheveled, and his jewelry box was open. He said that he looked around his home and did not notice anything missing. In fact, his laptop, desktop and TV were still there. He said that he looked through his jewelry box and did not see that anything was missing. However, he did notice that in the kitchen, where he keeps his medication, he noticed that two empty pill bottles were on the counter. He said it appeared that his medication had been looked through.
The window screen on the south side bedroom had been cut open, and the window was open. Officer Paquette believes this is how the suspect gained entry to the home.
The man also said that his neighbor to the south had told him that at about 2:00 p.m. that day she had heard the water going off at his home.
Thinking that he had a broken water main, she went out to see and noticed that the water faucet under the bedroom window was flowing. She went to turn it off and saw that the screen was flowing in the wind. She had told him that she called his name and then went back to her home to give him a call at his home, with no answer.
Officer Paquette was able to take four fingerprints off of the bedroom window and place them into evidence.
A woman called police at 6:15 p.m. on Sept. 21 to report that her home had been broken into sometime during the day. The burglary had occurred at the woman's house, which is located in the 3200 block of Perkins Lane West.
When police arrived she told them she had left her home at 10:00 a.m. and returned around 6:00 p.m. When she returned home she discovered a window downstairs had been broken. Inside the house she found the upstairs bedroom had been ransacked, and several items had been stolen. Police were unable to recover any fingerprints or any other identifying evidence about the suspect.
A parking garage attendant called police at 4:11 a.m. on Sept. 19 to report she had discovered multiple cars had been broken into in the garage, located in the 100 block of Sixth Avenue North.
The attendant told police that while doing her rounds that morning she found four cars with damage: The first having a broken rear passenger window (police estimating the cost of the damage to be $350), the second with damage to the rear passenger door and rear wagon area windows (estimated damage $700), the third with damage to its rear passenger window (estimated damage $350) and the fourth with damage to the driver's side rear window (estimated damage $250).
The attendant said that while doing her rounds she found some items that had been removed from the second vehicle.
The items were on the garage floor several stalls away from the victim vehicle. The items were a printer box with binders inside and a backpack. The items were returned to the owner, who said that nothing else was missing from the vehicle.
She said that there was no a surveillance camera in the garage, and that she had not observed any obvious forced entry damage to the garage.
Two of the victims told police there wasn't anything missing from their vehicles. The owners of the other two vehicles couldn't be reached by police at the time of the investigation. Police were unable to find possible suspect fingerprints on any of the vehicles.
A resident at an apartment building located in the 1200 block of Dexter Avenue North called police at 2:44 p.m. on Sept. 20 to report that an unknown suspect had broken into seven storage lockers in the building.
Upon arrival the resident told the responding officer that the unknown suspect had entered the building, possibly overnight and gained access to the sixth floor storage room. The suspect had jimmied open the storage room door with a crowbar, and entered the storage locker area.
Once inside the storage locker area, the suspect cut the locks of six storage lockers. The suspect was able to gain entry to seven lockers, because one was unlocked.[[In-content Ad]]