Alert victim helps apprehend two home Burglars

On January 5th at approximately 2:04 p.m. the male victim arrived home in the 2300 block of West Raye Street to find his front door open and damaged and his house ransacked.  Fearing the suspect(s) may still be inside, the victim chose not to enter his home and called 911.

Multiple officers responded to the scene and subsequently searched the victim’s home, finding nobody inside.  While officers were processing the burglary scene and others conducting an area search, the victim went to a nearby coffee shop.

Upon arrival, the victim saw two males walking eastbound on West Dravus Street.  One male was sporting a backpack that resembled the victim’s, while the second male was swinging a camera that appeared to also be the victim’s.  Both items had just been stolen from the victim in the burglary.  The victim promptly called 911 to report his observations, which included both suspects boarding a Metro bus traveling northbound on 15th Avenue West.

The victim followed the suspects at a safe distance while providing updates to Seattle Police dispatchers who coordinated the responding marked and unmarked police units.  The victim’s accurate and timely updates resulted in both suspects being arrested in the 2600 block of Market Street.

The suspects were subsequently booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Burglary.  West Precinct Burglary detectives responded to the victim’s home to assist officers in processing the crime scene.  This remains an active burglary investigation.