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Good Police Work and Technology Solve a Burglary

Sometime during the night of January 13th-early morning, January 14th the suspect entered a family’s private residence in the 2200 block of 12 Av E. The family noticed numerous items stolen when they awoke.

East Precinct officers were dispatched and quickly learned that one electronic device that had been stolen had GPS tracking software. After one of the children loaded the necessary tracking “App” on a laptop that had not been stolen, the investigating officer learned the item was located in downtown Seattle.

West Precinct officers were dispatched into the area of 1st and Pike to 3rd and Pine. With the additional information from the crime scene that a large brown rolling duffle bag had also been stolen, one of the officers entered a fast food restaurant at 3rd and Pine. The officer saw a white male seated at a table with a brown duffle bag at his feet. The man immediately stood up, took possession of the rolling duffle bag and left the restaurant. Officers stopped him in the Metro bus tunnel near 4th Ave and Pine St.

After the man’s expected denials, the victim called his stolen cell phone, which could be heard ringing from the man’s pocket.  The victim was then transported to the scene where he identified numerous items of his family’s property. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.

An East Precinct Evidence Technician responded to the victim’s home and processed the scene.

The 21-year-old suspect was transported to the East Precinct for processing and booking into the King County Jail for Investigation of Possession of Stolen Property.