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Officers Arrest Pair for String of Fire Alarm Burglaries

Police arrested a pair of burglars, suspected of triggering apartment building fire alarms to cover break-ins over the last month, after they pulled the same scam Sunday evening in Greenwood.

Officers were dispatched to the 300 block of Northeast Thornton Place to a report of a burglary Sunday night at 9:30 p.m.  Police arrived and spoke with the victim who said they had to exit their apartment following a fire alarm. While speaking with officers, the victim began receiving notifications their credit cards were being used at a nearby store.

Officers quickly began searching near the store and found two people that matched the description of the people detectives believed to be responsible for a string of similar burglaries.  Officers stopped the 38-year-old man and 44-year-old woman and found them to be in possession of the victim’s car key.  Major Crimes Task Force detectives responded to the scene and spoke with the suspects who later admitted to more than a dozen additional burglaries.

Detectives booked the two into King County Jail for investigation of burglary, fraud, and multiple warrants.