March 10

Another home broken into nearby with residents inside



Seattle Police overnight said the string of North End burglaries occurring while the occupants are home continues.

On 3/10/12, at approximately 8:24 a.m., the complainant/resident called 9-1-1 to report that her home had been burglarized in the 500 block of Northeast 72nd Street. She estimated that it occurred between 9:30 the night before thru 8:00 a.m. The suspect(s) gained entry through an apparent unlocked door off a rear basement. The suspect(s) stole a purse.

The victim was home with several other adult residents. One of the residents returned home at about 2:30 a.m. and recalled hearing a noise. It is possible the burglary was interrupted.

Police earlier this week said they made an arrest in Shoreline that might be connected to the burglaries. But they continue – two days later Maple Leaf resident David Miller commented:

FYI, people still need to be careful. Someone tried the doorknob at our house this evening just before 10 p.m. I was in another part of the house and assumed it was my wife coming home from a meeting. By the time I got to the door, the person was gone.

I called 911 to report it and the police were here very fast. (Kudos to SPD!)

In related news, Channel 13 Fox TV is reporting on a string of 45 “cat burglaries” of occupied homes in Pierce County. “The suspect(s) enter the home late in the evening or early morning, often through open doors or windows while residents are sleepings. Stolen items include cash, jewelry, electronics, firearms and purses and wallets.”

And Seattle Police, who ran “Oliver’s Twist,” a year-long sting operation to nab thieves selling stolen goods, posted 428 photos of recovered goods here. See something stolen from you. Call the Oliver’s Twist hotline at 206-733-9616.

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  1. Laurie —

    SPD has emphasis patrols in the affected areas. They were in my front yard just minutes after I called. They ARE doing something, but they need our help in quickly calling 9-1-1 and accurately reporting what we’ve heard.

    Also, a tip: If this happens to you, DO NOT go outside to check around. This is potentially dangerous, obviously, but it will also hamper SPD’s ability to do additional investigation (search dogs or fingerprints).


  2. They tried my house on Friday night. Cops lifted a fingerprint off the door, hopefully it helps. It seemed like they were watching our house for an exact time to attempt doors. Very scary. Please talk to your neighbors and work together to look out for each other! Be safe. Lock everything.

  3. It’s great that Maple Leaf Life is reporting on the burglaries but is anything actually being done? It feels like there is plenty of lip service going on but little action. If this keeps up what is going to stop people from moving out of the neighborhood? I’ve lived here for 7 yrs and up until now have felt safe.

  4. Pretty sure someone tried to open my back door last night around 3am. Had thought it was my imagination, but still got me out of bed to turn on the back yard light. I’m in the 500 block of 92nd street.

    Should’ve called the cops. Seems like this trend is getting worse…

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