Liquor Store Break-In
Police responded to a report of a burglary at a liquor store in the 3300 block of West McGraw Street at 4:37 a.m. on April 24. The alarm company called 911 to report the front door alarm had been tripped. A witness told police she saw a man come out of the liquor store carrying several bottles. The suspect was last seen heading northbound on 34th Avenue West.
Burglar with a key
Man called police at 5:42 p.m. on April 23 after returning home to find his apartment had been broken into. He told police he suspect a construction worker in his building, which is located in the 1400 block of Taylor Avenue North. The entire apartment building had scaffolding and wrap around it at the time of the burglary.
The victim told police he locked his door when he left at 5:30 a.m. When he came home the door was shut and locked. He noticed several closet doors open in the main apartment, and when he got to the bedroom he found his clothes thrown around the room. He checked his dresser drawer where he keeps extra cash and found it was stolen.
The total missing items were: binoculars valued at $100, a Panasonic camera valued at $225, and $1,500 in cash.
An unlocked door
A woman called police to report somebody had broken into her dorm room and stolen two laptops. The burglary happed at 7:50 p.m. on April 22. The dorm is located in the 500 block of West Emerson Street. She said she left the room unlocked. She also said a witness had walked with the suspect for a short time before he ran off with the laptops. The witness was not available to speak with police at the time of the phone call.
A woman reported to police that her purse was stolen when she was out at a nightclub at 1:30 a.m. on April 25. She spent the night with a friend and planned to have her building manager let her into her apartment the next day. On April 25 she returned to her apartment, located in the 400 block of Yale Avenue North. When the manager opened the door she found her computer was gone, and several other items had been stolen from her apartment. There was no sign of forced entry. The victim believes the person that stole her purse used her keys to get into her apartment.
Somebody broke into the secured garage of a multi-unit residential building located in the 500 block of McGraw Street between 11 p.m. on April 18 and 7 a.m. on April 19. The suspect apparently forced entry by drilling into the lock of the pedestrian door at the east side of the ground-level garage.
The suspect also forced entry into three vehicles parked inside the garage by drilling out the driver's door locks. A victim who had her 1991 Toyota key taken from inside her vehicle found a black glove that had been lying on the ground in front of the garage's pedestrian door. Police also found a screwdriver likely used by the suspect in the passenger seat of one of the vehicles that had been broken into.
A police officer was dispatched to an apartment building in the 1200 block of Queen Anne Avenue North to a reported attempted break-in at 9:38 a.m. on April 18. Upon arrival the officer spoke with the victim who said at midnight the building's manager attempted to enter her room with a key. She said she had the door locked and barricaded with a Kitchen Aid mixer. She said there has been a problem with the manager coming into tenants' apartments unannounced at all times of the day, so people are starting to barricade their doors so it is harder to get in.
The victim said the manager said, "Jerks have their doors barricaded." She said she did not see him, but recognized his voice. She said he unsuccessfully tried getting into another tenant's apartment as well.
The other tenant said she heard her door handle rattle around midnight, but said she thought she was "trippin'." She did, however, arm herself with a knife. Both tenants said they are fearful for their safety.
Unlocked Back Door
Police responded to a burglary report at 9:34 a.m. on April 11. A woman said she returned to her home in the 600 block of West Highland Drive at 8:45 a.m. on April 11 to find her belongings had been tossed around her room. She said she had left for the night at 7 p.m. on April 10, and believed she had forgotten to lock the back door.
She said her Dell laptop was missing along with a zip drive and a laptop bag. A black t-shirt was found in some brush near the rear entrance of the home, a pair of gray gloves were found on the floor inside the house, and two smoking pipes along with a blue plastic cup were found inside the house.
Fast Car Prowl
On April 17 at 5:40 p.m. a man parked his car at a pay parking lot located at Fourth Avenue North and Broad Street. He went to the pay box to pay; during that short time somebody used a blunt instrument to break the right front passenger window out. Several items were stolen from the center console.
Police responded to the scene, but were unable to locate any evidence. The pay lot does not have surveillance cameras.
Bulgy Puffy Jacket
Police responded to a shoplift call at a music store located on Mercer Street at 7:30 p.m. on April 8. An employee said three men were in the store, and one was wearing a large puffy jacket. The suspect appeared to have a large bulge in the front of his jacket, and the employee suspected it was CDs.
When the suspects exited the store the security sensors' alarm sounded. The three men exited quickly, and got into a car. Two employees attempted to confront the suspects, telling them they had set off the security sensors. The suspect in the passenger seat said, "Oh, that's funny." And the driver, who seemed nervous to the employees, sped out of the lot.
Neither of the employees saw the suspects take merchandise, and thus they were unable to give an exact amount of stolen merchandise or monetary value.
A man said he had been crossing the street at Eight Avenue North and Denny Way at 2:16 a.m. on April 5 when a tan Lincoln pulled to the side of the road and a man got out. The man from the car approached the pedestrian with his hand in his jacket pocket. He demanded the pedestrian give him is wallet.
The victim said he pulled out his wallet and gave the suspect all the money he had, a $20 bill. The suspect demanded the victim's whole wallet, but the victim refused. He said the suspect didn't say or imply that he had a gun, but he was afraid that he did. So he ran to the 600 block of Denny Way and called the police.
While police were talking to the victim, a witness approached. He said he works security at the Best Western located at Eight Avenue North and Denny Way, and asked if the victim had just been robbed of $20. He said a gold Mercedes Benz pulled into the parking lot. He overheard the driver saying that he just robbed somebody for $20, and the car then sped away scrapping the rims on the curb as it exited the parking lot.[[In-content Ad]]