Big theft, big search: King County Sheriff’s Office asks for help

December 17, 2012 at 1:54 am | In Not WS but we're mentioning it anyway, West Seattle news | 12 Comments

The King County Sheriff’s Office is hoping someone can help solve a $2 million heist. From KCSO spokesperson Sgt. Cindi West:

More than 7,000 Wii game consoles were stolen from a distributing warehouse in SeaTac in the last 24 hours and detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating the van and trailers they were stolen in.

Employees at Seattle Air Cargo in the 19100 blk of Des Moines Memorial Dr said the theft occurred sometime between 9pm Saturday night and noon on Sunday. The suspects used forklifts on the premises to load up two 53’ trailers and a box van with at least 64 pallets of Wii game consoles.

Both Trailers are 53’ in length, white in color and have the name “McKinney” on the side:

The box van is a large International van with “Seattle Air Cargo” written on the doors. (Note: Seattle Air Cargo is NOT written on the side of the box, only the doors):

Trailer #1- California license plate 4HB3365 with a trailer number 533457

Trailer #2- California license plate 4EA5521 with trailer number 531841

Box Van- make “International” Washington license plate B40622K

Detectives believe the suspects drove two tractor trucks to the warehouse and used forklifts inside to load up the trailers and box van with the pallets of Wii games. Detectives estimate the value of property stolen including the vehicles is over $2 million.

If you have information about this crime please call the King County Sheriff’s Office at (206) 296-3311 or 911 if you see any of the vehicles.

12 Comments

  1. Like its a modern day Lufthansa Heist. Atta Boy!

    Comment by DF — 7:58 am December 17, 2012 #

  2. Why didn’t this make the news? Any new details?

    Comment by Yodog — 8:37 am December 17, 2012 #

  3. It was sent out late last night. Very late. I am sure it was in the morning newscasts somewhere – but they were busy dealing with the weather, which I can tell you as an ex-TV news manager is an all-hands-on-deck, heck-with-everything-else event. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 8:48 am December 17, 2012 #

  4. Kind of late but, couldn’t they also have used those Amber Alert info signs along the freeway?

    Comment by old timer — 9:31 am December 17, 2012 #

  5. This seems suspect. Sounds like an inside job.

    Comment by Eric — 9:35 am December 17, 2012 #

  6. They must have known there was no one there and no alarm.

    Comment by dsa — 10:10 am December 17, 2012 #

  7. dsa…my thought was…is there no security guard on duty, with that much stuff in the warehouse? That’s just surprising to me…or are there no security monitors/cameras there for that purpose?

    Comment by JanS — 10:24 am December 17, 2012 #

  8. @ Eric, that was my first thought, inside job.

    Comment by JC — 10:47 am December 17, 2012 #

  9. Perhaps a disgruntled employee ‘leaked’ the lack of security. I can’t help but find humor in this. Maybe I shouldn’t admit that.

    Comment by ws born & bred — 12:10 pm December 17, 2012 #

  10. A friend of mine is a class A driver and does high end deliveries for Nintendo and other parties all over the USA. They travel in teams, and are not allowed to stop Truck between destinations because of the high value of he load. This seems highly suspect.

    Comment by Dale — 3:29 pm December 17, 2012 #

  11. Pssst…Hey kid…wanna buy a video game console?

    Comment by smokeycretin9 — 4:09 pm December 17, 2012 #

  12. They had a trailer that looks very similar to this pulled over (3 cop cars!) at west valley and 277th this morning. Related? I don’t know, but that was my first thought when I saw this.

    Comment by westcoastdeb — 8:25 am December 19, 2012 #

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