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Police Arrest Man Who Stole Urn In Ballard Car Prowl

North Precinct officers arrested a 45-year-old man in Ballard on Saturday for prowling a man’s RV and stealing his father’s ashes earlier this month.

On October 5th, police were called to the 800 block of Northwest 48th Street after receiving reports of a man screaming for help.

The man had been sleeping in his camper van after it had been prowled one night earlier while parked in his driveway.  That night, the victim awoke to the sound of a motorcycle approaching down an adjacent alleyway. Moments later, the 45-year-old suspect reportedly opened the door to the camper.

The victim tackled him and a struggle ensued. The suspect pulled out a knife and dropped a box, containing the victim’s father’s ashes, as he fled from the scene.

Detectives in SPD’s Violent Crimes Section began investigating the case and were able to identify the suspect. On October 20th, patrol officers found the man working on a motorcycle outside of a home in the 4700 block of 6th Avenue Northwest. He was arrested for a warrant and for harassment and obstruction, and booked into the King County Jail. The man is also being investigated for additional crimes.