Two suspects were arrested this morning inside a reported stolen truck in the SODO neighborhood after a Parking Enforcement Officer (PEO) discovered one of the suspects sleeping inside the parked truck she was about to ticket.
Just before 8:00 am, a PEO was in the process of ticketing a truck parked in a prohibited zone in the 100 Block of 6th Avenue South. As she was entering the license information into her computer, the information came back that the truck was reported as stolen. The PEO glanced in the truck and saw a man inside the cab sleeping. She backed away and radioed for officers. While officers were enroute to the call, a second suspect walked up to the truck and got into the passenger’s side. The sleeping man woke up and the the suspects drove away.
The parking officer maintained sight of the truck and gave responding officers a clear description of the truck, its direction of travel, and good descriptions of the suspects.
West Precinct officers arrived in the area and stopped it a 4th Avenue South and South Royal Brougham Way. Both of the occupants were taken into custody without incident. Officers located keys in the ignition, but it is unknown if those keys actually belong to the vehicle.
The driver, an adult male, was later booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Possession of Stolen Property. The other man was interviewed and released from the precinct. Detectives from the Auto Theft Unit will be handling the follow up investigation.