POLICE NOTES | April 2016

The following are selected reports from the Seattle Police Department. They represent the officers’ accounts of the events described.

CANTERBURY: Occupied burglary
Someone broke into a home along Canterbury Lane East between 4:30 and 7 a.m. on March 13, while the residents were still sleeping.
The suspect apparently pried open the front door and entered, stealing two tablet computers and a cellular phone.
The residents say they had a fan running all night and didn’t hear anything through the fan noise.

LESCHI: Electronics burglary
Police responded to the 500 block of 32nd Avenue South around 6:35 p.m. on March 11 to investigate a reported burglary that took place on March 8.
According to the police report, a residential alarm was tripped at 10:40 a.m. that day. The residents didn’t know about the incident until later that evening.
One resident then called police to report the incident, but there was a long wait so she hung up. She didn’t call back until March 11.
Responding police saw an exterior door that had its glass shattered. They weren’t able to gather much evidence as it had been several days since the incident and the residents had already “moved things back to their original positions.”
Two tablet computers, a digital camera and a passport were stolen during the incident.

MADISON VALLEY: Burglary trail
Someone broke into a home on East Valley Street between 7:15 and 10 a.m. on March 2 by breaking a window and opening it to enter. The residents were out of town at the time.
The suspect apparently cut himself, as there was blood on a cardboard box and a closet doorframe, inside an adjacent closet door and on a light switch.
Stolen were a diamond bracelet and earrings, personalized checks, a tablet computer, passports, a credit card and a pair of high-end cuff links.
The credit card was subsequently used at two stores later that day; two checks were cashed for $400 each over the next two days, one with a forged signature similar to a relative’s that could have been taken from an old check that was also stolen during this incident.
The residents called police when they arrived home on March 6. It was then police realized that one victim’s credit card and ID were found at two other burglary investigations the previous two days. Four firearms and a safe were stolen from one incident; the other incident involved many similar items being stolen as this one, including high-end cuff links.
Samples of the suspect’s blood at this incident were collected for evidence. The suspect also left a plastic juice container in the backyard, along with a water bottle, two knives and a wooden mallet; these were also submitted for evidence.
Police also have surveillance footage of a “likely suspect” using a stolen credit to buy art supplies at a Capitol Hill store on March 4.