Police Blotter 5/12

Inside Job
A police officer responded to a burglary in the 1600 block of Eight Avenue North at 2:24 p.m. May 3. A resident of an apartment building had found his car broken into. At the same time somebody had broken into the building's utility room and taken the DVR for the security camera system.
The car prowl victim's driver side door lock was punched through, carefully without any further damage to the vehicle. His laptop was taken from the passenger side floor. Police believe when the suspect punched through the lock the windows automatically rolled down, allowing the suspect to reach inside the vehicle and take the laptop. The officer was unsuccessful in finding prints at the scene.
Six individuals have access to the key to the storage room. The responding officer believes a key was used, as there is no evidence of forced entry. There was no damage at the main entrance of the apartment building, either. People who have access to the key include landscapers, painters and meter readers. The building manager suspects an ex maintenance worker or a current worker is responsible.

Guard Dog Off Duty
A man called police after he discovered somebody had stolen at least $10,000 worth of jewelry from his home on May 3. When police arrived at the home, at the home on 12th Avenue West, the man said he had been home for a while before he noticed something wrong.
The man said he had been gone from 8:15 a.m. until 5:45 p.m. After he had been home a while he noticed dirt on the stairs leading to the second floor. At first he thought the kids were responsible. He followed the trail of dirt upstairs to his bedroom. He then noticed several empty jewelry boxes on his bed. He looked at the dresser and realized all the jewelry was missing, including an earring rack that had held at least 25 pairs.
A responding officer checked the house with the victim to determine the suspect's point of entry. They discovered a basement window had been tampered with. In the basement they saw dirt on the couch underneath the window, and things had been moved on the windowsill. There was also a hand print smear on the inside of the window.
The victim was only able to tell police about two dress watches of his that were taken, as the rest of the jewelry belonged to his wife who was out of town. He said almost all the jewelry they owned was taken, anywhere from 50-75 pieces and he believed the value was at least $10,000.
The victim said it was kind of odd that his large dog was in the house, walking about freely, and did not scare the suspect away. He also said he had spoken with neighbors on both sides of the house who said they hadn't seen anybody coming or going from his property. Police were able to get several prints at the scene.

She Pitched a Fit
A woman threw a 24-ounce bottle of Mike's Hard Lemonade at the head of a gas station employee after refusing to pay for gas at a gas station at 10 Denny Way at 12:19 a.m. on April 25. S
he missed, and the bottle hit the wall behind the victim's head and shattered.
The victim said the woman had asked for $20 of gas and then became irate when he asked for her to pay, yelling that she'd already paid. After throwing the drink she ran outside and got into the passenger side of a car which sped off westbound on Denny Way. The victim was able to get the license-plate number of the vehicle.

Stolen Change
A woman told police she left her home at 4:30 p.m. on May 4 to pick up her child. While running an errand she happened to drive by her house and see a man and an adolescent boy standing on her front porch. When she returned to her home in the 1600 block of Sixth Avenue West, she found the back door had been smashed.
She backed out of the home and called 911. Once responding officers had cleared the home, she determined that a computer was missing from the first floor near the back door. She also said a jar with coins in it had been completely emptied. The jar was left on the living room couch.
The upstairs bedrooms had been ransacked, and several cupboard drawers had been left open. The neighbors on both sides of the victim's home said the had also seen the man and boy, and that they were hanging advertisements on front doors around 5 p.m. Another neighbor said she had heard a loud noise at 5 p.m. as well. Police were able to lift prints off the jar.

Repeat Offender
At 2:30 a.m. on May 5 a suspect threw a garbage can lid through the front door of a convenience store in the 600 block of Queen Anne Avenue North. The alarm went off and the storeowner was notified.
Surveillance cameras video taped the burglary, and showed the suspect shoving scratch tickets and cigarettes down the front of his jacket. He took packs of Newport, Gold Brand and Camel cigarettes and stacks of scratch tickets from $2-$20. An employee later found a trail of scratch tickets leading westbound from the store, south on First Avenue West to a parking lot on the east side of the 600 block of First Avenue West.
Police suspect this is the same burglar that broke into this store in January. He matched the description of the suspect, and stole the same items.

Golf Club Thief
A victim told police he parked his car at 7 p.m. on May 3 in the restricted access garage of his apartment building located in the 100 block of Second Avenue North.
He came down at 8 a.m. on May 4 and found his front passenger side window broken out and his golf clubs stolen from the back of his car. One other vehicle was broken into as well. The victim estimates the damage to the window at $250.

Pay Lot Car Prowl
While on patrol at 4:38 p.m. on April 28, a police officer was flagged down by a victim who said his car had just been broken into. The victim's car had been parked in a pay lot located in the 100 block of West Harrison Street. He said he left his car at 7:30 a.m. and when he returned at 4:30 p.m. the left front passenger window had been shattered. He saw his GPS and phone charger had been taken.
The victim estimated the damage to his car at $600. He said the GPS is worth $299 and the car phone charger is worth $29. Nothing else was taken from the car or damaged.

Stolen Tires
An officer was dispatched to a business in the 4200 block of 21st Avenue West to investigate a burglary at 9:51 a.m. on April 28. Upon arrival an employee told the officer three business desktops along with a set of four 24-inch tires and a telescope had been stolen from the business. The officer did a walkthrough of the business and found no signs of forced entry. There were no prints found at the scene.[[In-content Ad]]