Police Blotter: Several residential burglaries; tattoo parlor burglarized
By Cassandra Baker, Intern
10:23 p.m. on May 11th. 70th block of Dibble Ave N
Seattle police responded to multiple burglaries in the same neighborhood on the night of May 11th. The victim at the above address said that he arrived home and realized that his back door had been broken open. He heard a noise upstairs, so he went across the street and called 911. The victim said that the burglar had ransacked bedrooms on the main floor and upstairs. An iMac computer was taken, but several other electronics, including laptops, an iPad, and a television, were left lying in plain view throughout the house. A medicine cabinet had been left open, but the victim was not sure whether anything had been taken. Police believe the victim may have scared the suspect away in the middle of the burglary. No suspects were found in the area, although the suspect in a nearby incident was seen heading east on NW 75th St earlier that night, and the responding officer believed the burglaries were related.
4:45 p.m. on May 10th. 70th block of 28th Ave NW
A woman returned home on the afternoon of May 10th to find that her home had been burglarized. The victim said that she had left her house at around 8:20 that morning and that it had been securely locked. When she returned, a door leading from the garage to the living quarters had been left open, and a window had also been opened. The victim said that several drawers and cabinets throughout the house were open. Several pieces of jewelry from her jewelry box had been stolen from her bedroom. Two laptop computers and one desktop computer were also taken. No fingerprints were found at the scene.
5:29 a.m. on May 10th. 5th block of NW 65th St
Police responded to reports of an alarm going off at a tattoo parlor early on the morning of May 10th. The responding officer found the door of the business ajar, but a tattoo cart and chair were blocking the way and he did believe that the suspect had been able to enter the business. The suspect appeared to have cut a padlock on the door in an attempt to enter the tattoo parlor, and the lock was not found at the scene. The suspect was also able to open the metallic security door. The interior of the business appeared to be undisturbed, and the cash register still had cash in the till. The owner of the tattoo parlor said that she was unsure of whether the entry door had been locked. She said that nothing appeared to be missing or damaged inside.
The responding officer later observed a suspicious individual near the scene. The subject, a white male in his twenties, was pacing along the south side of the street and avoiding eye contact with the officer. When the subject noticed that the officer was watching him, he asked where the nearest auto parts store was. The officer asked the subject to identify himself because he was near the crime scene, and when the subject opened his wallet, the officer saw that it contained a stack of $100 bills, with a total estimated value of $2000-$3000. The officer asked the subject how he had obtained the money, and he said that it was from work, but he did not say what he did for a living. The officer identified him and released him.
5:25 a.m. on May 9th. 17th block of NW 64th St
A woman returned home from a party in the middle of the night to find that her home had been burglarized. The victim said that she had been out drinking with co-workers and returned home at around 12:30 a.m. She found a large plastic garbage container next to a window, and the container had foot marks on it. The window screen was lying on the ground, broken. The victim entered the house and did not find anyone inside. She didn’t believe anything had been stolen, but she said that several items had been scattered on the floor.
The victim believed the burglar was an acquaintance who came to her house a few days ago asking for money. The victim refused to give him money. She said that he had won about $500,000 because he was a survivor of an accident in the Gulf of Alaska, but he had spent it all in six months. She said that the suspect was a drug addict and that he had been calling her for several days and saying that she owed him money.