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The Today File

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September 17, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Man suspected of thefts from downtown Seattle offices arrested

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Surveillance photo of man who police say has been stealing items from downtown Seattle office buildings. (Seattle police photos)

Update at 3:29 p.m.: Seattle police arrested a man suspected of stealing items from several downtown office buildings.

Detectives arrested the suspect around 2 p.m. Wednesday after receiving a report that he was trying to sneak into a secure building on First Hill, according to police. A witness recognized the man from photos released earlier by police.

Detectives are also now investigating whether the suspect is tied additional unreported office break-ins, police say. Office workers from several businesses have contacted police over the past 24 hours after seeing the suspect’s picture, and said they believed the man in the photos may also be responsible for thefts at their offices, according to police.

Original post: Seattle police on Wednesday released these two new surveillance photos of a man they say has been stealing items from downtown office buildings.

Police say he has committed at least five burglaries at four office buildings since June, targeting businesses in the 700 block of Fifth Avenue; 1100 block of Third Avenue; 1000 block of Second Avenue; and twice in the 2100 block of Fourth Avenue.

The man slips inside office buildings either between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., or between 4:15 p.m. and 6 p.m. He then steals laptops, purses, cash and credit cards from unsuspecting victims, according to police.

Detectives believe the man is 40 to 50 years old and between 5-foot-6 and 6 feet tall.

If you recognize him, email detectives at SPDWestPrecinctDetectives@Seattle.gov.

 

 

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Another photo of the suspected burglar.

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