The following are selected reports from the Seattle Police Department. They represent the officers’ accounts of the events described.
LESCHI: DOUBLE BURGLARY
Police responded to 29th Avenue South, where a burglary was reported to have occurred between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Dec. 7.
Police met with a woman who was in the process of calling police to report a burglary to her upstairs unit. She told officers she arrived home around 5:15 p.m. that same day to find her front door unlocked. She then saw that a cardboard box near the door had been rummaged through and that clothing and other items were thrown about in her bedroom. She walked outside to call police.
In addition to finding kitchen drawers opened, officers discovered that the suspect had broken a sliding glass door to enter the home.
Stolen were a $300 pair of headphones and a laptop computer.
Fingerprints were found on drawer handles and refrigerator, from which the suspect removed a bottle of vodka. The bottle was found lying in the broken glass from the door. Both the fingerprints and the bottle were submitted for analysis.
The original call came from the downstairs unit, where someone had entered through an open bedroom window. The suspect rummaged through drawers and stole a $500 video-game console, a video player, a tablet computer and a backpack. The suspect left through the front door, leaving it unlocked.
No fingerprints were found as the residents had already cleaned up the damaged and closed the window by the time police arrived.
A man on Lakeside Avenue South called police around 2:55 a.m. on Dec. 19, after being awakened by a pool-door alarm sounding. He looked through a window to see a man walking through the backyard so he started banging on the window to tell the suspect he was watching him.
However, the suspect continued to walk through the victim’s yard and then began running through a neighbor’s yard. He was last seen climbing a fence and walking southbound on Lakeside Avenue South.
The suspect did not enter the home, nor did he cause any damage or take anything. No fingerprints were found.
Police and Harbor Patrol searched unsuccessfully for the suspect.
MADISON VALLEY: CAUGHT IN THE ACT
A couple returned to the man’s home in the 1800 block of 26th Avenue around 5:15 p.m. on Dec. 4 to see a light on and a suspect with a backpack standing just inside the door. The couple backed away and called police.
They saw the light turn off soon after, uncertain whether the suspect had seen them.
Police arrived and checked inside, but they found no one. A basement door had been broken, leading officers to believe the suspect entered and exited through it.
A laptop computer and several watches were stolen.
The police report noted that this incident was similar to other burglaries in the area, as the suspect focused on the main bedroom’s dresser and nightstands.
Fingerprints were submitted for analysis.
Someone attempted to break into a home in the 3000 block of East Republican Street between noon and 1 p.m. on Dec. 6, by throwing a rock through a windowpane in a back door. An alarm sounded, causing the suspect to leave.
The deadbolt was still locked, and nothing appeared missing.
A man told police he saw three teenage boys in front of his home in the 1800 block of 32nd Avenue; one of them walked up to his neighbor’s door. He later asked his neighbor what the boy wanted; the boy wanted to know where was the nearest gas station.
The man though the boys were casing the neighborhood so he drove around to find them. He then heard the alarm sound to the home on East Republican Street and called police.
He had last seen the boys sitting on a retaining wall at 25th Avenue and East Madison Street. They were gone by the time police drove to the intersection.
Neither the man nor the police could confirm the boys’ involvement in the burglary.
Sometime between 1 p.m. Dec. 6 and 10 a.m. Dec. 8, someone removed window screens to a home in the 1800 block of 32nd Avenue. The resident initially thought he had left one of the screens off while washing windows until he realized that there was more than one removed.
Upon further inspection, the resident noticed that each window had smudge marks on it from someone trying to open it.
The resident thinks the incident likely occurred on Dec. 6, the same day as the attempted burglary at the East Republican Street home. He had also seen the suspicious teens, but he didn’t see them on his property.
No fingerprints were found for analysis.