Police Break Up Band of Ballard Criminals, Recover Stolen Guitars, Drums and More

Update 4/2: Detectives are still working the case and have recovered EIGHT more guitars at another location connected with the investigation.

Major Crimes detectives have put the whammy on a group of thieves, who had amassed a collection of guitars, drums and other stolen goods at their Ballard home.

Police began investigating the crew of thieves last week after a break-in at a storage facility last week in the Denny Triangle. The suspects broke into several storage lockers over several days, and made off with electronics, TVs, beds, tables and other items worth as much as $100,000. Detectives soon found several of the stolen items posted for sale online, and tracked the seller to a house in the 6700 block of 8th Avenue NW in Ballard.

Detectives and North Precinct officers served a warrant at the home on March 27th, and found piles of stolen computers, power tools, bicycles, recording equipment, stolen prescriptions, and a stamp collection strewn throughout the house. Police also found two stolen Subarus parked near the home, packed with pilfered guitars and TVs. In total, police found 10 guitars, pedals, amps, and two drum sets during their search.

Officers arrested a 34-year-old woman and an 18-year-old man at the home, and are still searching for several other suspects.

Detectives have already identified the owners of all the stolen items and are working to return their property.