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Two Arrested in South Seattle After Homeowner Spots Burglars on Surveillance

Officers arrested two people and recovered a stolen U-Haul on Wednesday after receiving a call from a South Seattle homeowner, who spotted someone breaking into his home on surveillance cameras.

Just after 4 pm, police arrived at the home in the 9100 block of Cecil Avenue South and found the front door wide open. Outside of the home, which was unoccupied, officers found three people—a 31-year-old man, a 32-year-old woman, and a 47-year-old man–standing around a pickup truck.

When officers contacted the three people, the woman repeatedly kept reaching for a duffle bag in the rear of the truck. Officers asked the woman to stop reaching for the bag, searched it, and found several small baggies of heroin and methamphetamine.

Police learned the pickup truck had been reported stolen by a rental company one day earlier and found that the 31-year-old man was wanted on a burglary warrant. He was also carrying an illegal knife, a counterfeit $100 bill and checks in someone else’s name.

Officers arrested him, along with the 32-year-old woman, for possession of a stolen vehicle, drug possession, and violation of a no-contact order between her and the 31-year-old.

The 47-year-old man told police he had gone with the pair to run errands and did not know the truck was stolen. After interviewing him, officers released him at the scene.

Police booked the 31-year-old man and 32-year-old woman into the King County Jail.