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January 23, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Maple Valley burglary victim spots suspect in stolen clothes

Call her a thief in victim’s clothing.

A Maple Valley woman helped police catch a woman today suspected of stealing her purse and burglarizing her home. The victim noticed the woman wearing her stolen clothes at a restaurant the day after the crimes, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim left her purse unattended at a Starbucks in Covington on Wednesday morning, and another customer saw a woman pick up the purse and leave. The victim completed a larceny report and returned to her home in the 24400 block of 214 Avenue Southeast where she saw a cab waiting in the driveway, even though no one was supposed to be in the house. She asked the cab driver what he was doing there, and he said he had received a call to pick someone up from the house.

Police searched the house and didn’t find the suspect, but did find multiple items missing, including clothing. The suspect had also left some of her own clothing in the house.

This morning, the victim and her brother went to a restaurant in the 23200 block of Maple Valley-Black Diamond Road Southeast, and as they sat down they noticed the woman who matched the description of the suspect.

More important, she was wearing the victim’s clothing.

Police arrested the woman, 28, from Burien. She was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of burglary.

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