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Car Prowler Arrested After Sticking Around Scene with Opioids

Police seized nearly two pounds of opioid pills Tuesday morning in Capitol Hill when they stopped a man who was attempting to unlock a car with a stick.

At about 11:30 a.m., police responded to the area around 15th Avenue and East Pine Street for reports of a suspicious person. A 911 caller saw a man in a driveway pulling on a car door handle and “poking a vehicle with a stick.”

Officers spotted the man in the 1500 block of East Pine Street. He was attempting to push a small stick into the key hole of a car door handle, while holding three plastic bags full of pills.

Police placed the 19-year-old man under arrest and seized the bags of pills, which appeared to be hydrocodone/acetaminophen. All three bags weighed a total of approximately 858 grams.

Officers booked the man into King County Jail for possession of narcotics with the intent to distribute and vehicle prowling.