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Police Arrest Man, Recover Stolen Car, Stolen Documents, and Fanny Pack Full of Cash

Seattle police recovered a stolen car, heroin, meth, and a fanny pack filled with thousands of dollars in cash and stolen credit cards Tuesday evening before serving a warrant at a downtown hotel, where officers found dozens of bags of other stolen items.

Around 8:40 PM, Mercer Island police contacted Seattle PD and said they had tracked a Volvo, stolen earlier in the day, via GPS to the 1700 block of Lakeview Boulevard East on Capitol Hill.

Officers arrived at the scene and found four suspects, several of whom were moving items from the Volvo into a waiting BMW.

One suspect, a 33-year-old man, took off running and fled up a staircase at E. Blaine Street.

K9 Officer TJ San Miguel and police dog Pele began searching for the man and found him in the yard of a home in the 1800 block of Broadway East.

He was carrying meth, heroin and $11,000 in cash in a fanny pack, a bag containing 15-20 credit cards, all in different names, as well as apparently valuable jewelry, and a receipt indicating he had recently pawned $4,600 worth of jewelry at a pawn shop. He was also wanted on a felony warrant out of Snohomish County and a fugitive warrant in Colorado.

Back at the original scene, officers found two sets of stolen license plates in the BMW—one from Washington and another from Utah—and identified, interviewed and released a second man, and two women.

Following those interviews, police served a warrant at the 33-year-old man’s downtown hotel room, where investigators found a significant number of stolen passports, legal documents, clothing with tags still attached, electronics, cash, and jewelry.

Seattle police are working with Mercer Island police and continue to investigate the case.