An alert patrol officer apprehended a burglar and also recovered some stolen property this morning in North Seattle – with the help of a sandwich.
At approximately 7:15 a.m. an officer was investigating a burglary in the 400 block of NW 100th Place. The officer broadcast the burglar’s description over the police radio. Another officer heard the description while picking up his breakfast at a nearby restaurant. That officer then spotted a person matching the suspect’s description. He quickly paid for his food and contacted the possible burglary suspect.
While speaking with the suspect the primary officer investigating the burglary arrived with a witness and the suspect being detained was positively identified as the wanted burglar. The suspect was placed under arrest.
Prior to handcuffing the suspect the officer who had just left the restaurant gave the suspect his sandwich. After eating the meal the suspect told the officer that the bike he was riding was stolen and that he had taken it from the University of Washington (UW).
The officer checked with UW Police and found this to be the truth. The bike was turned over to UW Police and then returned to its rightful owner.
The suspect then told the officer that the guitar he was carrying was also stolen and that he had taken it in a burglary earlier in the month. The officer placed the recovered guitar into evidence. He contacted North Precinct Burglary detectives and advised them of the situation.
The 29-year-old male suspect was discovered to have a medical condition and was subsequently transported to Northwest Hospital and admitted for treatment.
The suspect has been positively identified and burglary detectives will be handling the follow up investigation.