Seattle police say they have recovered stolen goods from a string of four moving-van heists that began on New Year’s Eve after they “moved in on” a 43-year-old male suspect and found the loot in his red barn on the outskirts of Renton.
Investigators were led to the suspect, who was being interviewed by detectives on Wednesday, after a person who bought computer equipment from him read news accounts about one of the thefts and realized the equipment he purchased had been stolen, police said.
In the New Year’s Eve theft, a couple new to Seattle had parked their moving van outside their apartment at Ninth and Dexter, according to the blog post. The next morning the van and their possessions were gone. Police found the truck, empty, in Maple Valley.
In March, another couple who were moving out of state parked a truck containing their possessions at 6th Avenue and Olive Way. The next day, the truck was gone. The emptied truck was later found in Renton, SPD says.
April 28, another moving truck — this one with an attached Acura sedan — vanished from a hotel parking lot in Vancouver, Wash. That truck, too, also empty, was found in Renton.
Finally, on May 18, a U-Haul truck filled with sports memorabilia and supplies from a Trufant Family Foundation, was stolen from a hotel parking lot in Renton. It was later found, empty, not far from the suspect’s barn near 194th and 196th avenues southeast, SPD says.
The night before the last theft, the Trufant foundation had held a “Dress to Impress” event and auction. The foundation “works to make dreams come true for disadvantaged youth and their families,” according to a news release from Renton police at the time.