POLICE BLOTTER | August 3, 2016

Caught on Camera

At approximately 9:15 a.m. on July 24, the manager of an apartment building in the 700 block of Sixth Avenue North called 911 to report an overnight burglary that was captured on the building’s security cameras. The security footage showed the burglar using a pry tool to enter through the front door just before 4 a.m., bringing in a bicycle with them.

The burglar went to the parking garage, where they prowled a car belonging to a resident who was still in the process of moving in. They pulled boxes containing clothing out and left them on the floor of the parking garage, and stole a camera with four lenses and a small safe containing a passport, birth certificate, social security cards and credit cards. On their way out the burglar stopped and took the handle bars off of a bike that was locked up in the garage. She left the handle bars on the floor near the bike. The video revealed that the burglar had touched several things throughout the building including a push bar on a door and the handle bars, so those things were checked for fingerprints.

Surprise Guest

Just before 2 p.m. on July 23, the residents of a house in the 900 block of West Emmerson Street called 911 to report a burglary that had occurred while one of the roommates was home. The roommate who had been home said they had been upstairs in their room when they saw an unknown man peak around the corner of her bedroom door. When they looked at the suspect, he said something like, “have a good day,” and he then left the house through the front door. When the second victim got home a little bit later they realized they had left their bedroom window open. The burglar pulled a garbage can underneath the window and climbed up and into the house. The burglar stole a red gym bag from the bedroom of the roommate who wasn’t home and loaded it up with stuff from his room. Police checked the neighborhood for anybody matching the description of the burglar, but weren’t able to find him. Police also searched a wooded area west of the house but didn’t find anybody.

Private Vandalism

Just after 11:30 p.m. on July 19, someone living in the 1600 block of Sixth Avenue West called 911 to report somebody had broken into their house and slashed the seat of their computer chair with a knife. The victim said they had been home alone from about noon to 2 p.m. and thought they heard noises upstairs, but didn't think anything of it at the time. After discovering the damage to the chair, which they’d last sat in at 9 a.m., they checked the rest of the house and didn’t find any other signs of burglary or theft. There were no signs of a forced entry to the house. The homeowner said they couldn’t think of anybody who would want to destroy their things.

Neighbor on the Offense

Just after 5 p.m. on July 16, a woman living in the 500 block of Valley Street called 911 to report she’d been the victim of an assault two nights earlier. She said she’d been standing in the back alley of her apartment complex with her daughter and a friend at about 5 p.m. on July 14 when her neighbor ran out and began yelling expletives at them, telling them to get off his property, while pointing and shooting a black airsoft gun at the victim. He fired several shots in her direction. The victim told police she wanted to prosecute the suspect, and showed them a Facebook post in which the suspect stated he’d screwed up and scared his neighbors. The Facebook post also said he’d capped off a round thinking the victim and her friends were vandals.

The victim’s friend spoke with police and told a similar account. He said he thought the suspect’s gun was an airsoft because the shots were too quiet to be a real gun. Responding officers knocked on the suspect’s front door and spoke with his roommate, who stated he wasn’t at home. The roommate said he wasn’t aware of the incident or any disturbances.

Pick Pocket

Just after 8 p.m. on July 16, a woman approached two officers at the Seattle Center during the Bite of Seattle. She said she’d been waiting in line to use the women’s restroom in the Armory when she felt somebody push her from behind. Her cell phone had been in her back pocket, and when she reached to check it she noticed it was gone. She told police she was sure the person who pushed her had taken her phone. The victim didn’t see the person who pushed her, and thus couldn’t provide any description.