…And they might’ve gotten away with it if not for a group of
metaling meddling officers.
Last month, scrap metal businesses in SoDo and Georgetown were targeted in a flurry of break-ins. “We’ve had a lot of places continually get hit,” says South Precinct Burglary Detective Danial Conine. “It’s a big problem for the businesses down there.”
Following one of the break-ins, a railroad employee who works in the area reported seeing a group of men dragging large scraps of metal across train tracks which run through a scrap yard’s lot, near S. 45th Street and Colorado Avenue S.
It turns out that dragging huge chunks of metal across train tracks is a bad thing, and can actually damage a railroad and cause derailments. So, in order to prevent future potential train crashes, detectives and members of the South Precinct Anti-Crime Team (ACT) began staking out the scrap yard to catch the crew of metal bandits.
Around 1 am on August 12th, ACT officers saw a man on a bike ride up to the scrapyard, followed closely by two other men in a pickup truck loaded up with scrap metal.
“The officers see a group of guys in a truck circling around the business,” Det. Conine says, “and watched them for over an hour.”
When officers confronted the men, they took off running. A police dog caught up with one of the men, and officers chased down the other two suspects.
Officers discovered one suspect was wearing a necklace with a magnet around his neck, typically worn by scrap metal thieves to easily check the potential value of a piece of metal.
Officers then booked the men into the King County Jail.