Ballard Crime Watch: Tools taken from two homes

Tools and refrigerator taken from jobsite

On March 3, Seattle Police officers were dispatched to a home on the 7500 block of 28th Avenue Northwest. The complainant told officers that all of his tools were taken from a locked garage. The complainant was a contractor in the middle of a renovating project. A thief cut the padlock that secured the garage. Tools taken were a Blue Graco Paint Sprayer ($2500) and a Red Troybuilt 8KW generator ($1,000). The burglar also took a stainless steel Whirlpool Refrigerator ($3,000). The complainant reported the net value of all the tools and refrigerator taken to be around $20,000. The complainant also told officers that a few days priors to the incident he had hired two subcontractors from a local company to waterproof the basement. He said the contractors completed the work and came back with two other individuals. The complainant thought the men had no reason to come back to the site. According to the complainant, they were the only other contractors that knew he was storing the tools at the site.

More tools taken from home

On March 2, officers responded to a burglary report that happened at the 1100 block of Northwest 61st Street. The complainant told officers that he was doing some work in his home. Painters came by the night before. They left that evening and the house was locked. The complainant told officers that he had had problems with intruders in the past, so he had barred up his windows. When the complainant came back a day later he found the fence in the back yard was wide open. Windows of the house were smashed. The burglar managed to remove the bars on the windows to get in. Nothing was reported stolen from the home; but, the burglar stole tools stored in the garage. No fingerprints were recovered from the scene.

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