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Two Arrested for Stolen Van, Warrants and Drugs in West Seattle

Officers arrested two men and recovered a stolen van after responding to a report of a disturbance in the Highland Park neighborhood late Thursday night.

At approximately 11:20 pm, police received a report of a white van driving up and down the street in the area of 7th Avenue SW and SW Elmgrove Street. The call stated that the two males inside the van were yelling at people as they drove by.  Officers found the van in an alley in the 700 block of SW Kenyon Street and discovered both the van and its license plates had been reported stolen. As officers were examining the vehicle, a man approached them and asked them if they were looking for a vehicle driving up and down the street. This is the point at which officers became aware that the purportedly helpful man was, in fact, the driver of the stolen van.

After witnesses confirmed the man’s connection to the stolen van, officers began searching for his accomplice. They soon found a second suspect hiding in some bushes in a neighboring driveway.

Police discovered the second man had several warrants for his arrest, and officers also found approximately 4 grams of methamphetamine and a collection of 18 unidentified pills in the van.

The van was impounded, and the two suspects, ages 23 and 24 were later booked into the King County Jail.  Detectives are conducting the follow up investigation.