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December 4, 2013 at 11:03 AM
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…)
November 7, 2013 at 1:23 PM
Spokane County sheriff’s deputies arrested a suspected burglar Wednesday, then attended to the man’s infant daughter who had been left alone during the attempted break-in, according to a news release.
Dyllin Trottier, 21, was booked into Spokane County Jail just before 7 p.m. Wednesday, after deputies found him hiding in a laundry room crawl space at a home in the 4100 block of North McDonald Road, according to the release. A neighbor reported witnessing the break-in, and sheriff’s deputies discovered the door jamb of the home was broken.
As Trottier was being handcuffed, he asked deputies to check on his 9-month-old daughter in an apartment across the street, the Sheriff’s Office said. They found the girl crying in a high chair, according to the release. Trottier told deputies he’d left the child to “chase someone.”
A babysitter watched the girl until her mother could leave work to care for her, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Trottier faces charges of residential burglary and reckless endangerment. He is scheduled to appear in court as early as Thursday afternoon.
November 7, 2013 at 12:07 PM
A man suspected of breaking into the Seattle home of his ex-girlfriend and assaulting her was arrested early this morning after police found him hiding in the crawlspace of her home.
The victim called 911 just after midnight and told the operator a man forcing his way into her home through a bathroom window might be her ex-boyfriend, who is barred from being near her by a domestic violence no-contact order, police said. The operator then heard the victim yelling at someone to get off her bed and get off her before the line was disconnected, according to police.
Police arrived at the home near 26th Avenue and East Pine Street and were met by the victim, who said the intruder had fled into her basement. Officers went down to the basement and saw a man hiding inside a crawlspace, trying to conceal himself with insulation, according to police.
The man was arrested.
The victim told police her ex-boyfriend had grabbed her and forced her out of her bedroom and into the living room while she was on the line with the 911 operator. He also grabbed the phone from her hand and disconnected the 911 call before throwing the phone to the floor, she told police.
Police found that the 24-year-old intruder had several outstanding warrants for his arrest, as well as a the no-contact order. He was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of burglary, investigation of domestic violence assault and on the outstanding warrants.
November 6, 2013 at 4:51 PM
Seattle police are looking for who stole at least 15 laptops from four University District sorority and fraternity houses in the past week.
In each of the home invasions, the first of which was reported Friday, the burglar or burglars sneaked into the houses between midnight and 8 a.m. while residents were either sleeping or partying, according to the Seattle Police Department. The laptops were stolen from common areas and study rooms.
The majority of the laptops were stolen from sorority houses on the 4700 block of 19th Avenue Northeast and the 4500 block of 18th Avenue Northeast. Home invasions also occurred on the 4500 block of 17th Avenue Northeast and the 2100 block of Northeast 47th Street.
One sorority reported that makeup had been stolen along with the laptops.
The thefts were reported between Nov. 1 and Nov. 5. At least one of the burglaries reportedly happened during a Halloween party.
November 4, 2013 at 4:42 PM
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.
October 15, 2013 at 6:03 PM
We wouldn’t believe this report if it weren’t posted to the official Seattle police website.
A 21-year-old led police on a chase in South Seattle during which he wrecked two vehicles (aside from his own), fought a martial-arts instructor and was arrested after he was found hiding in a medical-marijuana grow.
It started off simply enough: An officer saw a 21-year-old man and his 18-year-old female passenger driving in South Seattle with no license plate around 2 p.m. The officer flashed his lights for the man to pull over.
Instead of stopping, the car sped through a red light at the intersection of Seward Park Avenue and Rainier Avenue South, hitting two other vehicles. No one was injured in the crash.
The suspect’s car “rolled down the street for several hundred feet,” the report said, and when it stopped, the man and woman jumped out and made a run for it. The officer caught the woman, but the man ran away down Rainier Avenue.
With us so far? Great. Now this: A martial-arts instructor who happened to be walking down the street saw the man running and threw an “outside crescent kick” to the suspect’s leg, knocking him down.
He and another bystander had the suspect pinned to the ground when yet another unidentified man pushed them off the suspect and helped him escape.
From there, the suspect ran inside a building — one that turned out to be housing a medical-marijuana grow.
Officers descended on the building and found the suspect, along with jewelry, wallets, mail and cash they say he stole. They found a gun and several iPads in the crashed car.
Police went to the address of the mail — which matched information in one of the wallets — and found a family who had come home and discovered their house had been broken into. Several iPads and a wallet were missing.
The 21-year-old man was booked on suspicion of hit-and-run, felony eluding and unlawful possession of a firearm, the report said. He’s also being investigated for burglary. The 18-year-old woman who was with him was released, the report said.
October 9, 2013 at 6:52 PM
The Associated Press
SPOKANE — Most of the 58 laptop computers stolen from an elementary school in the Spokane suburb of Mead have been recovered, thanks to a deputy’s sleuthing and the mother of three young boys.
Spokane County sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Rogers was investigating the $69,000 burglary discovered Tuesday at Evergreen Elementary when he sifted through service calls from the night before. He found a call about children missing from a home near the school.
Rogers interviewed the three boys — ages 8, 14 and 15 — and they denied knowing anything about the theft.
KXLY-TV reports the boys’ mother called him back to the home and this time the boys confessed to stealing the computers.
The sheriff’s office said Wednesday that 52 of the 58 have been recovered. Deputies are working to find the other six; apparently there’s one more suspect.
October 9, 2013 at 9:51 AM
The Associated Press
PORTLAND — An Oregon man was sentenced to 10 days in jail for secretly making a video of a co-worker using a breast pump in her office.
Russell Kent Gordon, 45, of Portland, also was sentenced to three years of probation. He must perform community service and undergo mental health counseling and a sex-offender evaluation.
Prosecutors say Gordon placed a “spy pen” in a cup on the desk of the co-worker who was a new mother last January and pumping breast milk a few times each day for her baby. She noticed the pen and notified managers. When confronted, Gordon resigned. He was arrested a few days later.
Gordon was a technology specialist with Portland consulting firm Mason Bruce & Girard. He lives near downtown.
The Oregonian newspaper reports the victim spoke briefly in Multnomah Court on Tuesday, discussing the disruption and the embarrassment she felt at being videotaped and having the footage shared with others in the courtroom during Gordon’s trial.
“Mr. Gordon sullied what was in my mind a very selfless act,” the victim said. “An act that was meant only for my daughter and for my daughter alone.”
She questioned whether Gordon has taken responsibility for his actions. During his August trial, Gordon claimed he put the camera pen on her desk to videotape her in case she tried to steal data or intellectual property from the company. The woman had never posed a security risk previously, Gordon acknowledged, but he claimed he needed video evidence in case she did something wrong.
Judge Stephen Bushong found Gordon guilty of burglary and invasion of privacy.
Gordon apologized at his sentencing, saying he wants to undergo whatever treatment programs are available to him.
“I do take responsibility for what I have done,” he said.
October 4, 2013 at 10:19 AM
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office is still working to identify a man who was fatally shot by the owner of a Kent tree nursery during an apparent burglary early Wednesday.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the owner shot and killed the alleged intruder and held a second man at gunpoint until deputies arrived at his nearly 20-acre property. Sheriff’s Sgt. Cindi West said the owner of Frager Farm Stand, in the 25100 block of Frager Road South, was getting ready for bed around 1:30 a.m. when he went to investigate a noise in his business, which is adjacent to his house.
He grabbed his shotgun and discovered two young men rifling through his office, she said.
According to court documents, the man who was killed and a 21-year-old who survived went to Frager Farm around 10:30 p.m. and kicked open the front door. They became “spooked” and ran away, but returned later that night.
Deputies said the two had been smoking meth earlier that night.
The 21-year-old suspect was booked into the King County Jail just after 5:30 a.m. Wednesday on investigation of burglary. He is also being held on a bench warrant that was issued Sept. 17 after he failed to show up in court to resolve a November 2012 violation for driving without a license, jail and court records show. The man is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.
September 25, 2013 at 2:45 PM
Police arrested a suspected burglar last night after he was found passed out in a restroom at the Wallingford QFC.
It wasn’t exactly a hard case to crack, to hear police explain it. For one thing, the 35-year-old suspect left his ID behind at the scene of the burglary. And once he was arrested, police found he still had property stolen during the break-in.
To quote Homer Simpson: D’oh!
The burglary was reported just before 4 p.m. Tuesday when a homeowner and her children arrived home in the 5000 block of Woodlawn Avenue North, heard noises coming from inside and noticed that a window had been shattered. The family fled the house and ran into their yard, where they were confronted by a man who was carrying a backpack and wearing a leather jacket belonging to the homeowners, police said.
The man brandished a metal pipe and ordered the homeowner to open the yard gate, but she yelled at the burglar and grabbed for the pipe. As the homeowner struggled with the suspect, a neighbor heard the woman’s screams and called 911, according to police.
The burglar fled.
When police searched the home for evidence, they found an ID card that apparently belonged to the burglar.
Fast-forward to 11 p.m. Police were called to the Wallingford QFC after an intoxicated man opened a bottle of whiskey and a package of cheese while inside the store, holed up in a restroom and refused to leave, police said.
When officers arrived, they found the man now passed out on the restroom floor, woke him up and found the stolen property.
He slept off his cheese and whiskey bender in the King County Jail.
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