Update: Police arrest burglary suspect near Lincoln Park

April 14, 2011 at 8:47 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle police | 9 Comments

Thanks for the tips about the sizable police response by the Lincoln Park tennis courts/Solstice Park area. Our crew just arrived on scene to try to find out what’s going on; updates as we get them – it was dispatched as an “aid response” but the lone fire unit is leaving now and the crew told us nobody was transported, and whatever is going on is a police matter. 8:52 PM: Scanner traffic indicates it may be related to a nearby burglary. Our crew at the scene says one person appears to have been detained and driven away. 9:02 PM: We’ve just talked to Southwest Precinct Lt. Alan Williams at the scene. He confirms that this is related to a burglary attempt on Murray SW (vicinity map – we don’t know which block), and the man who was taken away by police was identified as the suspected would-be burglar. Why the particularly sizable response (we counted at least nine cars on first drive-by)? Police say there was a report the suspect might have been armed. 9:20 PM: Via text messages, the apparent burglary victim says a dog alerted them to the break-in attempt.


  1. We live up the street and heard sirens followed by yelling for someone to “get on the ground”- looked out the window to see half a dozen police cars. Fire truck showed up after the police. Police were searching the north side of the tennis court/Solstice park.

    Comment by LaRue — 8:58 pm April 14, 2011 #

  2. Yay on the capture! Let’s hope it’s one of the known busy burglars that they can stack charges against and put away for some decent time.

    Comment by Mookie — 9:17 pm April 14, 2011 #

  3. Oh my gosh, we live on Murray and were wondering why we kept seeing polica activity. Thanks for being alert to what was going on. Very bothersome on such a mellow street.

    Comment by Monica Skov — 9:39 pm April 14, 2011 #

  4. Way to go Burt! Good boy!

    Comment by bobbie — 7:00 am April 15, 2011 #

  5. Way to go doggie! I highly recommend getting any kind of dog that will bark when people approach your door/window.

    Comment by Westie — 8:45 am April 15, 2011 #

  6. The dog alerted its owners via text? Smart dog.

    Comment by Nathan — 10:10 am April 15, 2011 #

  7. Miss you Burt!! Good job!!!

    Comment by Susan — 10:47 am April 15, 2011 #

  8. Nathan – Probably would have been better if I had written “Via text message, the owner told us …” but in terms of the dog alerting its owner – if I had a comma after “says,” yes, it could have been read that way:
    Via text messages, the owner says, the dog alerted them …

    Comment by WSB — 11:00 am April 15, 2011 #

  9. Way to go Burt, “You’re the Dog”

    Comment by Glen — 7:29 pm April 15, 2011 #

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