A male suspect remains at large after he was discovered inside a sorority house during an early morning burglary, according to a Seattle Police Department release. Officers responded at approximately 3:51 a.m. to the 4500 block of 22nd Avenue NE for the report of a burglary. Preliminary investigation indicates that the house was unoccupied when the…More
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The Associated Press The Okanogan County sheriff’s office says a man accused of a break-in at the Okanogan, Wash., Eagles Lodge was arrested after deputies checked where his ankle monitor had been. Deputies who responded Tuesday to a burglary call at the lodge found a phone line cut, a back door pried open and $2,000 missing from…More
Talk about a needle in a haystack. The King County Sheriff’s Office is trying to reunite burglary victims with their stolen property. But that could be tricky since the burglars covered a wide area over a fairly extended period of time. The burglaries happened between January 2012 and July 2013, between Mill Creek and Tigard, Ore., according to…More
University of Washington police are alerting students to a burglary that happened last week near campus while the residents slept. The burglary happened sometime between 1:30 and 3 a.m. Friday at a home in the 4700 block of 18th Avenue Northeast, according to a post on the UW police website. A resident of the house told Seattle…More
A self-proclaimed “pirate” who took a Victoria Clipper vessel on a perilous joy ride into Elliott Bay last month pleaded guilty this morning to second-degree burglary and theft of a motor vehicle, the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said.
On Dec. 1, Samuel K. McDonough, of Preston, climbed through a small hole in a security fence at Seattle’s Pier 69, where Victoria Clipper docks its vessels, partially untied one of the boats and managed to start the 132-foot Clipper IV. Darrell Bryan, CEO of Victoria Clipper, called for help when he saw that the vessel was missing from its slot and appeared to be headed toward Harbor Island.
McDonough was arrested without incident about seven hours later when a Seattle police SWAT team was sent in after discussions between McDonough and a hostage negotiator faltered, according to police.
In a document of probable cause, police say McDonough told them he took the ferry because he wanted to go to Victoria, B.C.
“When contacted by police SWAT-team officers while adrift in Elliot (sic) Bay, Mr. McDonough proclaimed himself a pirate, and said he had intended to flee the country to Victoria, B.C.,” wrote Deputy Prosecutor Ian Ith.More
A suspected burglar learned the hard way that the frigid water of a detention pond isn’t a good place to hide from cops. Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies responded to an alarm around 6 this morning at the Sultan Neighborhood Recycling & Disposal Center and found a car with the license plate covered with tape. A man…More
The Associated Press SPOKANE — The Spokane County sheriff’s office says $20,000 worth of bicycles was stolen from a shop on Tuesday. Authorities say burglars took 21 Trek bicycles from the North Division Bicycle Shop. Investigators say a suspicious van was seen by witnesses near storage trailers around the time of the burglary.More
Hard to imagine much more going wrong for these burglars.
Four teens were arrested last night after a break-in at an AT&T store in Monroe that had no shortage of witnesses.
Police were dispatched to the store in the 19100 block of Highway 2 just before 10:30 p.m. after one witness reported seeing a suspicious vehicle, described as a dark-colored Ford sedan, parked in front of the closed business. The witness then heard glass falling and then saw the car drive away, Monroe police said.More
Update at 1:51 p.m.:| Seattle police say the 2,500 bottles of stolen wine were recovered at a Sodo storage and manufacturing facility, but they aren’t prepared to release the name.
In the meantime, police are undertaking “the difficult task” of processing the wine. “Detectives need to photograph and document each bottle, enter it into evidence, and then we need to find the owner of each bottle,” Investigations Lt.Greg Schmidt said.
Police say some of the victims may not yet even know their wine was stolen since Esquin Wine & Storage staff and detectives are still attempting to reach the hundreds of people who rented specially temperature controlled storage units in the store.
Original post:| Seattle police announced this morning that they have recovered a ‘substantial’ amount of wine stolen during an elaborate Thanksgiving Day heist from a Sodo wine storage business.
The wine was recovered Tuesday after police served a search warrant at a building less than a mile away from Esquin Wine & Spirits, according to police. Police say it appears the wine had been kept in a “temperature controlled environment.” There was some concern that the wine, if not properly stored, could be damaged during the recent spate of subfreezing weather.
Chuck LeFever, owner of Esquin, has issued the following statement:
Words can’t express how thrilled we are that the wine stolen from our facility on Thanksgiving Day has been safely recovered. While we are still doing an inventory to make sure it’s all there, the volume recovered makes us eager with anticipation and we can’t wait to share the good news with our customers.
Thieves made off with more than 200 cases of wine, valued at $648,000, from Esquin Wine & Spirits on Nov. 28. Dan Miller, a spokesman for Esquin, said last week the company is offering $20,000 for information that leads to the “safe recovery of the wine.”
Charged with attempted first-degree arson, second-degree burglary and second-degree theft in connection with the thefts are Luke Thesing, 35, and Samuel Harris, 34. Thesing works as a plumber for Harris’ plumbing company, charging papers say.
The men are each being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.More
Two men stole more than $600,000 worth of wine last week from a high-end wine shop/wine storage facility in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood, according to Seattle police.
Police say the thieves tried to cover their tracks by painting over surveillance cameras and slashed gas lines in an attempt to start a fire at Esquin Wine Merchants, 2700 Fourth Ave. S.
The suspects were identified through security-camera images as two men who previously had rented a storage locker at the business, according to Seattle police. Investigators learned the men’s names through staffers at Esquin who had taken the information down when the pair signed up to rent one of the temperature-controlled storage lockers.
According to police, the two men broke into Esquin on Nov. 27 and spray-painted the lenses of surveillance cameras and disabled motion sensors by placing plastic bags over them, police said. Then, after stealing more than 200 cases of wine in nine separate trips the next day, they tampered with two gas lines, releasing gas into the building in an attempt to cause an explosion, police said. The two hauled out more than 200 cases of wine, according to police. The stolen wine had an estimated value of $648,000.More