Topic: home burglary
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November 20, 2013 at 2:39 PM
A Kirkland homeowner helped police nab two burglars who broke into his house this morning by following the intruders.
The homeowner returned to his house in the Houghton neighborhood shortly after 10 a.m. to find the two men inside, said Kirkland Police Lt. Mike Murray. After seeing the homeowner, the two men took off “pretty quickly,” said Murray.
The homeowner dialed 911 as he followed the men down the street. He directed police to the burglars, Murray said.
Officers arrived within minutes and arrested the two men for investigation of residential burglary. The homeowner was able to positively identify them.
“We’re real happy he did it in such a way he stayed safe. But we always tell folks not to [follow burglars],” Murray said.
October 9, 2013 at 11:32 AM
The Associated Press
YAKIMA — The man suspected of beating three people to death during a 2011 burglary at their home near Yakima could be out of prison in a little more than two years as a result of a plea deal that prosecutors now repudiate.
Kevin Harper, 31, would have faced life in prison without parole if convicted as originally charged with aggravated murder. The case crumbled in a series of missteps by sheriff’s detectives and prosecutors, The Yakima Herald-Republic reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/GL8aa7 ).
Harper was sentenced Tuesday to about nine years in prison for possessing a pistol stolen from the home. The term will be shortened by the time he has spent in jail and good behavior in prison, defense attorney Pete Mazzone said.
Yakima County prosecutors say they will ask an appeals court to repeal last year’s plea deal that allowed Harper to plead guilty to the lesser charge in return for escaping the murder charges and having an accessory charge against his wife dismissed.
Prosecutors tried to revoke the deal in the spring, accusing Harper of failing to cooperate with the investigation and saying there was new evidence.
Superior Court Judge Ruth Reukauf refused, saying the state’s own mistakes imperiled the case. The appeals court refused to step in last week, but Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Ken Ramm said after Tuesday’s sentencing that an appeal would be filed.
Harper was the prime suspect in the February 2011 beating deaths of Bill and Pauline Goggin and his 98-year-old mother, Bettye, during a burglary. Goggin was co-owner of a Yakima civil engineering firm.
Friends of the Goggins spoke at the sentencing about their sense of loss and injustice.
“The evidence suggests more to the case than is being considered,” said family friend Mike Morrisette, former CEO of the Yakima Chamber of Commerce.
Harper professed his innocence in court.
“I’m guilty in everybody’s eyes. I understand that. I did not kill your friends,” he said.
The judge condemned the seven-time felon and methamphetamine addict for being involved in a brutal crime “that has torn this community apart.”
The case against Harper was built on sand, Mazzone said. Investigators withheld evidence that supported his alibi, he said.
“Kevin is not a saint. Kevin has problems. But Kevin did not murder these people,” Mazzone said.
March 18, 2013 at 6:54 PM
A security camera caught footage of a pregnant woman rolling up to a North Bend home in a red convertible and breaking into the home last week, but detectives are still looking for her and an accomplice.
According to the King County Sheriff’s Office, the woman approached the home on the 43800 block of Southeast 168th Street around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and knocked on the door. When no one answered, she broke through the front window.
An accomplice waited in the vehicle in the driveway as she stole items from the house. Detectives say the same vehicle was reported in the driveway of another North Bend home that was burglarized a day earlier on the 1000 block of Forster Boulevard Southwest.
The woman is described as a white female in her 20s with long, dark hair. She was last seen wearing a gray hat, pink sweatshirt, yoga pants and flip flops.
The King County Sheriff’s Office asks anyone with information on the suspects to call 206-296-3311 or 911.
December 31, 2012 at 3:49 PM
Masked burglars woke a Redmond area couple up this morning with pepper spray and a handgun, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
The intruders broke into the home in the 9000 block of 209 Avenue Northeast just after 12:30 a.m. and confronted a man and a woman, both in their 50s, while they were in bed. One suspect pepper sprayed the man and rifled through the bedroom as the other suspect pointed a handgun at the couple.
Immediately after the suspects took some of the couple’s property and fled out the back door, a vehicle with a loud muffler was heard leaving the area.
The suspects are described as a white man about 6 feet tall, 220 pounds, and a shorter black man.
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