Seattle Police busted a burglar August 12 after he allegedly robbed a home near 11th and Terrace, according to the SPD Blotter:
On 8/12/11, at approximately 2:00 p.m., officers responded to the 1100 block of E. Terrace St., to a victim reporting that a suspect had just attempted to break into his home. The suspect took off running when he saw the victim inside the house. An officer spotted a subject matching the suspect’s description in the nearby area. When the officer attempted contact with the suspect, the suspect fled on foot. The officer gave chase as additional units responded to assist.
The suspect was then spotted a few times running thru and in-between yards. Bike patrol officers located the suspect hiding underneath a small vehicle. He was taken into custody without incident. The victim positively identified the suspect. The suspect was in possession of a backpack which revealed evidence of another earlier unreported burglary (stolen lap top and other items). This victim was contacted and a report taken. (His door had been kicked in).
The suspect was later booked into King County Jail for Investigation of Burglary and Possession of Stolen Property.
Also on the Blotter, SPD caught a man who apparently stole $4 hair clippers from the Grocery Outlet on MLK:
On August 11th, an East Precinct officer was dispatched to a grocery store in the 1100 Block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way for a shoplifting complaint. The victim grocer stated that the store had video surveillance of a suspect entering the store empty handed and wandering the store. The suspect then left camera view briefly and returned with something in his hands that he put into a pocket. The grocer confronted the suspect at the door, but the suspect denied stealing anything and left. The grocer stated that this suspect is a chronic shoplifter. The officer reviewed the video and then wrote a report.
Several hours later, while patrolling his beat, the same officer noticed a subject of similar description and contacted him. The officer was able to engage the suspect in conversation and the suspect admitted to being in the store, but initally denied stealing anything. The officer discovered a local warrant in the system for the suspect, so placed him under arrest for that. During a search incident to arrest, the officer discovered a trace amount of drugs on the suspect. After advising the suspect of his Miranda warnings, the suspect eventually admitted that he stole a hair clipper, worth about $4.00. The 48 year old suspect was later booked into the King County Jail.
The following day, at the start of his shift, the officer returned to the store to inform the grocer of the arrest and initiate the trespass admonishment for the suspect. The grocer stated that they have video of the suspect shoplifting from the store on numerous occasions. This information may assist precinct detectives solve several of their open theft cases as a result of this incident. While not a substantial arrest in terms of offense classification or dollar amount, it did go a long way to resolve a local community problem. The officer’s supervisor spoke to the complainant, who summed it up when she said ”You guys rock!”