The following are selected reports from the Seattle Police Department. They represent the officers’ accounts of the events described.
LESCHI: STOLEN CAR
Police responded to the 500 block of 28th Avenue South around 7:25 p.m. on May 12 to take a report of a stolen vehicle that occurred that day. During the investigation, the homeowner told police that the car keys had been stolen during a burglary that occurred that day.
The residents had left around 7 a.m. that day, and the car was still parked in front of the home. One of them returned around 3:30 p.m. to find a ladder propped up against the side of the house, under a now-open window.
The only thing stolen was the car key.
The homeowner said a neighbor saw a man driving the stolen vehicle away southbound on 28th Avenue South about a half-hour after the residents left home.
The neighbor told police he did not see or hear any signs of a break-in.
MADISON VALLEY: ARTWORK
An employee of a business in the 2300 block of East Madison Street called police around 10:55 p.m. on May 12 to report that a man had broken into the business next door and stolen a large, colorful painting.
The employee told responding officers that he looked outside after hearing a window break to see the suspect.
The suspect walked to the intersection of 24th Avenue East and East Madison Street, turned onto East John Street and headed into an alley between 23rd and 24th avenues. The employee lost sight of the suspect at that point.
Officers searched the area for the suspect but couldn’t locate him. A K-9 unit wasn’t able to track the suspect, but the police dog was attracted to the front door of a home on 24th Avenue East.
The resident of that home said his dog barked about a half-hour before, when the suspect was leaving the area, but the resident didn’t see or hear anything.
The owner of the burglarized business arrived and told police only one large canvas painting, with an inscription in the corner, was missing; it was valued at $5,000 to $10,000.
The suspect apparently entered by using a large butcher knife, which he left inside the store, to break the window; the knife was entered into evidence for fingerprinting.
The incident and the suspect are similar to another burglary that occurred in mid-April at a nearby business.
A nearby traffic camera may have captured video of the suspect fleeing.
Someone broke into a home in the 3800 block of East James Street between 8:45 a.m. and 2 p.m. on May 14. The suspect entered by prying open an upper-level window and climbing through it.
After searching an upstairs bedroom and a closet, he then left through a balcony door, leaving it open.
Nothing appeared to have been taken.
All doors and windows were locked at the time of the incident.
A palm print was found on the outside of the window; this was submitted for evidence.
A laptop computer and an iPad were stolen from a home in the 1600 block of 37th Avenue between 8:30 a.m. and 2:55 p.m. on May 14.
According to the police report, the suspect entered the home by breaking a glass panel on a door; the impact caused the rest of the glass panels in the door to shatter.
The suspect did go through the homeowner’s checkbook; it couldn’t be determined at the time of the report whether any checks were missing.
No fingerprints were found.
WASHINGTON PARK: BURGLARY
Police responded to the 1100 block of 37th Avenue East around 3:30 p.m. May 12 to investigate a residential alarm that had been set off.
Officers arrived to discover that someone had kicked in a large window of a door. They didn’t find anyone inside.
A homeowner arrived to report that a pair of antique earrings was stolen.
Other items such as cameras and laptop computers were not touched, indicating to police that the suspect didn’t spend much time in the home.
No one else in the area heard or saw anything suspicious during the time of the incident.