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Construction site burglar caught downtown by bike officers

A call of a burglary in progress at a construction site in the 700 Block of Dexter Avenue North resulted in a fast response and capture of a 48-year-old suspect by West Precinct bicycle officers.

Last night at about 9:30 pm, three bike officers responded to a 911 call of a possible burglary in progress at a Holland Construction site in the 700 Block of Dexter Avenue North.  The call indicated that security had seen a suspect inside the fenced off business via security cameras.

The officers arrived and set up containment on the west side of the building.  At that time, one of the officers saw a man standing on the property.  When the man saw the officer, he tried to conceal himself by “hugging” the wall.  The officer identified himself and ordered the man to exit the property.  The man then climbed the fence and was taken into custody by officers without incident.

Stolen property was later discovered next to where the suspect was standing when he was first contacted by officers.  The officers also found a car nearby that appeared to have other stolen property inside.  After he was advised of his rights, the suspect admitted that the vehicle belonged to a “friend.”  A review of the video showed a suspect inside of the building had the same height, build and clothing that the suspect was wearing.  That video was retained for evidence.

The vehicle was impounded and a search warrant will be completed to retrieve the items within.

The suspect was booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Burglary.  West Precinct Burglary detectives will handle the follow up investigation.