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November 4, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Seattle police chase rooftop-hopping burglar

With the assistance of a King County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, Seattle police officers cornered a burglar who had hopped onto the roofs of at least four Central District houses before he surrendered.

The helicopter helped police narrow down the location of one of two burglars involved with a Friday home invasion using a night-vision camera, which also recorded the end of the chase.

The chase began when a Central District resident called 911 at 9:08 p.m. to report that he heard the sliding-glass door at a neighbor’s home shatter and believed a burglary was in progress.

Officers responding to the 400 block of 21st Avenue saw one of two suspects running from the scene. That suspect at first eluded police on foot but was later seen and arrested.

To catch the second suspect, the King County sheriff’s air-support team’s helicopter scanned the neighborhood from above. Its night-vision camera, as shown in the video (http://youtu.be/7f7dWlSQFLk), caught the image of a person trying to stay calm and quiet on a rooftop as police and canine units searched yards below.

Once the air-support team alerted police on the ground, the suspect attempted to flee by running and jumping onto three other rooftops before he ran out of homes to hop onto. Once he realized he had nowhere to go, he put both hands up and surrendered to police.

Both suspects, a 20-year-old and a 22-year-old, were booked into King County Jail for investigation of burglary.

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