Early morning burglaries in Queen Anne/Magnolia, 2 suspects caught

On May 30th, beginning around 3:30 AM, patrol officers from the West Precinct responded to an unusual number of occupied burglary/prowler/alarm calls on Queen Anne Hill.  No suspects were located, but there was evidence that the crimes had occurred.

At approximately 5:50 AM in the 3000 Block of 38th Avenue West, a homeowner confronted two suspects while they were attempting to force entry into his home.  The homeowner called 911 and gave a description of the suspects. 

 Officers arrived quickly and set up containment around the area.  K9 officers were also called to the scene.  Prior to the K9’s arrival, two officers on containment observed one of the suspects and were able to make the arrest.  That 19 year old suspect was transported to the West Precinct where he was interviewed by Burglary detectives and later booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Residential Burglary.

K9 arrived and began tracking.  The dog tracked to an unreported, unoccupied burglary and then continued with the track.  Officers cleared the residence and were able to secure it after leaving behind a business card with the case number.    A few minutes later, the K9  located a juvenile male suspect hiding in the bushes approximately a half block away.  The victim was able to positively identify the suspect as the one who was trying to break into his house.  The suspect was arrested and transported to the West Precinct.  The suspect did receive treatment from the Seattle Fire Department for a minor dog bite.  After being interviewed by detectives, the suspect was transported to Harborview Medical Center for additional treatment and then booked into the Youth Services Center for Investigation of Residential Burglary.

During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the juvenile suspect used a car key stolen in a previous burglary last week to steal the vehicle they used to commit the burglaries on Queen Anne and Magnolia this morning.  Officers located the stolen vehicle after the homeowner saw one of the suspects attempt to start the car as part of their getaway.  When they couldn’t get the car started, they fled on foot.

This is an ongoing investigation, and detectives are still trying to see how many additional crimes these suspects may be responsible for.