West Seattle Crime Watch: Parking-lot stolen-truck suspect Sean Jeardoe arrested again, charged in multiple cases

September 18, 2013 at 12:08 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 33 Comments

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Remember that scene from the back parking lot at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) in early July? As reported here that day, the man in the photo was arrested in a stolen truck spotted by a WSB reader; a pregnant woman who was with him was arrested while shopping at the store.

Now, after more than two months, charges have finally been filed against the man, 20-year-old West Seattle resident Sean Jeardoe, in that incident and a stack of other crimes, mostly committed in West Seattle.

First – thanks to John for tipping us to this, by e-mailing us the link to this Vashon Beachcomber story about Jeardoe’s recent arrest (thanks in part to victims tracking a stolen iPhone!) and charges. Court documents say he was arrested last week with the same woman as the Thriftway incident, 33-year-old Jessica Detrick. Six days after this arrest, she has just been released from jail, after pleading guilty in an unrelated incident (more on that later). The King County Jail Register shows Jeardoe’s bail is set at $75,000; we have just downloaded court documents for details of the charges filed against him Monday – which include West Seattle burglaries and thefts; read on:

The charges filed against Jeardoe are:

*Possession of a stolen vehicle, the one in which he was arrested here July 7th
*Residential burglary (July 5th break-in in Wallingford)
*Gun theft (.22 revolver stolen in Shoreline)
*Residential burglary (3200 block of 41st SW in March)
*Auto theft (2003 BMW taken in May from Fairmount Avenue in West Seattle)
*Auto theft (2008 Chevrolet pickup truck, taken in June in the 8100 block of 31st SW)
*Residential burglary (11100 block of Seola Beach Drive in May)
*Gun theft (rifle stolen in April in the 3900 block of SW Bradford)
*Residential burglary (3800 block of 39th SW in February)
*Residential burglary (2600 block of 46th SW in January)

No charges have been filed yet in connection with the cases that led to the Vashon arrest detailed in the Beachcomber story. The charging documents say that after his July 7th arrest, Jeardoe confessed to 23 burglaries over the course of less than six months, between late January and early July of this year. He told police he had sold much of the stolen property or traded it for drugs. And when he was arrested on Vashon last week, the circumstances had a few things in common with the West Seattle arrest, according to prosecutors – he and Detrick were in a stolen vehicle, with a stolen gun. Documents say he drove on the curb to try to get away.

The investigation narrative accompanying the charging documents says police believe Jeardoe and Detrick are responsible for up to 22 burglaries, 4 gun thefts, 3 auto thefts, and other crimes. It begins with the July 5th theft of the Nissan Frontier in which they were found in the supermarket lot two days later, and recounts the truck’s owner sending a report published in WSB Crime Watch, which in turn led to a reader spotting it in the lot on July 7th and calling police.

The narrative reveals more about that situation than had been made public before, since charges weren’t filed until now: Detrick’s purse included $61 in items stolen from Thriftway; the truck was found to contain the aforementioned stolen revolver as well as a stolen shotgun and items believed to belong to four burglary victims.

On July 10th, the narrative says, Jeardoe and a detective visited “numerous locations” where Jeardoe said he had committed burglaries (some of which are not included in the charges filed), from Shoreline to West Seattle to Normandy Park. At least two of the car thefts was linked to a burglary, including the BMW, which police say Jeardoe told them he took with keys he found in the owner’s home, and the Chevy truck, which contained key evidence – McDonald’s cups with the suspect’s prints.

Two days later, on July 12th, police say Jeardoe called them from jail and said he’d remembered more burglaries and wanted to point them out. And he pointed out more on July 31st. Those two dates yielded trips to eight locations in West Seattle, three in Burien.

July 31st is also the date Jeardoe was released from jail, according to the register.

The police/court narrative then skips ahead to August 22nd, when police obtained permission to search a trailer in the 2700 block of SW Kenyon, where Jeardoe was believed to have left stolen property behind. They found a variety of items, including jewelry, binoculars, camera equipment, even a 1935-D nickel.

And then on September 9th – just last week – they brought burglary victims in to look at items found in the stolen truck in which Jeardoe was arrested in the Thriftway parking lot two months earlier. The victims identified items including jewelry, a camera, even an autographed baseball.

Court documents suggest prosecutors requested $250,000 bail for Jeardoe in connection with these charges, but it was set instead at $50,000, with the remaining $25,000 related to other cases in which he was wanted. As for Jessica Detrick, she spent 11 days in jail after the July 7th arrest; while not charged in the Thriftway-lot incident, in which she was under investigation for unlawful gun possession, she was kept a while in connection with a separate attempted-burglary case (from last December in south King County). When arrested on Vashon with Jeardoe last week, she was again held in connection with that case, for five days, until she pleaded guilty yesterday, and was sentenced to the equivalent of 70 days she had already spent in jail; she is now out of jail, with no charges filed so far in connection with the cases in which police believe she participated with Jeardoe.

We’re adding this case, of course, to the WSB watch list, and will be following up.

33 Comments

  1. I am beyond sickened that these guys keep getting released. What has to happen before they are taken off the streets

    Comment by Marci Eversole — 12:29 pm September 18, 2013 #

  2. I’d be very curious if they were responsible for our burglary on 9/1/13 on 8600 block of 31st. Were they in jail at that time?

    Comment by AG — 12:52 pm September 18, 2013 #

  3. He was booked into jail on September 11th, and had not been in King County Jail since July 31st.

    Comment by WSB — 12:58 pm September 18, 2013 #

  4. So frustrating on many levels. Grrr.

    Comment by Bianca — 12:58 pm September 18, 2013 #

  5. Thanks, WSB. I’ll see if I can find out who’s assigned to our case.

    Comment by AG — 1:24 pm September 18, 2013 #

  6. This guy matches the description of someone who attempted break in of my house on the 4700 block of 26th ave sw in June. Maybe I will get my garden hose back that the idiot stole from my yard.

    Comment by Chris — 1:40 pm September 18, 2013 #

  7. Is there a better picture of this guy? I want to know what he looks like so I can spot him once he is released and commits more crimes as he is likely to do so.

    Comment by Lisa — 1:46 pm September 18, 2013 #

  8. I truly hope the state takes this baby away the minute it’s born. She clearly is putting her child at rick being around this guy. Perhaps he’s the father, even more resin to get this baby away from them. The courts clearly aren’t going to keep this guy locked up and the only way he’s going to stop is by burglarizing the right house.

    Comment by Alki Resident — 2:00 pm September 18, 2013 #

  9. Lisa – no, sorry. Mugshots are only available for sex offenders and people who have served state prison time. I hope to catch up with him in court at some point along the course of this case and get photo/video then – although the way many cases have been going lately, that won’t be until sentencing, since so much of what we track goes to plea bargain, and there’s never a heads-up on the hearing where they plead guilty, only on the subsequent sentencing.
    .
    And for a pre-emptive strike should anyone think ‘oh hey, I’ll go see if he has a Facebook profile photo’ – we do not publish photos from Facebook without a page owner’s express written permission and there is no guarantee, even if the name is unusual or you think you’re SURE it’s the suspect’s page, that the photo is really that person. I know more than a few people whose profile photos are somebody/something else (not always an OBVIOUS fake), for a wide variety of reasons… TR

    Comment by WSB — 2:12 pm September 18, 2013 #

  10. Wonder if these are the car prowlers that have hammered WS lately. We have prints and DNA on file so hopefully they are cross checked if there’s any suspicion.

    Comment by george — 2:42 pm September 18, 2013 #

  11. Thank you WSB for this follow up story on these two, it is much appreciated that you keep our neighborhoods so informed on who the criminals are, and follow up as the wind their way through our lenient court system.

    Comment by West Seattle Hipster — 4:40 pm September 18, 2013 #

  12. Here is a video story from KIRO that shows both Jeardoe and Detrick back in July:
    http://m.kirotv.com/videos/news/suspect-arrested-in-west-seattle-crime-spree/v57f2/

    Comment by James — 5:14 pm September 18, 2013 #

  13. Wow and I thought he was going something with his life this year @Bianca yeah hella frustrating.

    Comment by The Chad — 5:52 pm September 18, 2013 #

  14. Just google his name and look in images. I googled his name under images and it shows his face somewhat at a court appearance when he was 20.

    Comment by Connie — 6:45 pm September 18, 2013 #

  15. Thanks, James, didn’t know anyone had shot them in court back then.

    Comment by WSB — 7:30 pm September 18, 2013 #

  16. Alki,
    This woman is putting the baby at risk just being who she is. She’s not some naive girl enamored with the “dangerous cool” guy. She’s 33.

    These two are an absolute waste of space. You have to be a pretty big POS to make Adam Polevia look not as bad in comparison.

    i’m so glad they’re procreating through *sarcasm*

    Comment by Eric — 7:48 pm September 18, 2013 #

  17. BTW, who’s the judge that went against the recommended 250,000 dollar bail and instead went 50,000? Are you serious? Where are the consequences??!!!

    Comment by Eric — 7:52 pm September 18, 2013 #

  18. Nice shout-out to WSB on the KIRO story.
    FRIGHTENING that these cretins have firearms!! Maybe stolen from law-abiding citizens, who are evidently guilty of not securing their firearms so that a criminal couldn’t get to them. The robberies are awful, but the proliferation of guns is truly terrifying. Sorry, gun-defenders, but there’s no way to defend this.

    Comment by amalia — 7:54 pm September 18, 2013 #

  19. Amalia – There were other mentions of gun thefts in the docs too including one case where Jeardoe was quoted as saying he stole a couple of guns during one robbery then “ditched” them somewhere, went back and tried to find them but they were gone.
    .
    Eric – I would have included the judge’s name if I had it … I have combed through the court documents and cannot find that. The next opportunity for a bail change, either way, is at arraignment, which the Vashon Beachcomber says is set for September 26th – I will be verifying that with the prosecuting attorney’s office. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 8:41 pm September 18, 2013 #

  20. Dirtbags.

    Comment by Brenda — 9:08 pm September 18, 2013 #

  21. It really saddens me when I see people calling Sean a POS and a waste of space, because unlike you, I grew up with him, he was my friend, he was a good guy, but now he is truly lost. I believe that is why the judge set the bail so low– he is only 20 years old– my age– and still has time to get help, go to rehab, etc. As for the woman, I don’t know. But I would really appreciate if people kept their nasty comments to themselves to spare the feelings of his friends, the ones who loved him, and for his parents, seeing as how he did grow up in west seattle and they are probably reading this just as I am. Thank You.

    Comment by saddened — 9:25 pm September 18, 2013 #

  22. I know this guy personally, and it’s so sad to see the downward spiral he’s been on the past few years. My concern is for the past and future victims though. If you’re curious to see what he looks like he also has a Facebook…just throwing that out there.

    Comment by Student — 9:43 pm September 18, 2013 #

  23. @saddened – I’m curious to know whether your friend Sean broke into your home and took your things, or perhaps stole your car? If not, then maybe you don’t understand the anger that you feel when someone destroys your property or takes things from you. I know what it’s like to walk into a house that’s been emptied of everything of value and find an empty parking space where my only way to get to work once sat – all at the hands of a very close friend (also a good guy) with an all-encompassing addiction. I know it’s a horrible feeling to realize that someone you care about is no longer the person you once knew. You may be able to forgive your friend and hope that he gets help, but don’t expect strangers whose lives he may have affected in a very negative way to do the same. A more reasonable request might be that you refrain from reading the comments related to articles about your friend’s crimes.

    Comment by Ajax — 1:28 am September 19, 2013 #

  24. Saddened, at 20 I can understand how you might misdirect your empathy towards a predator. After spending half your days for the next twenty years working for what little you and your family can hold on to, get back to us.

    Comment by CandrewB — 5:44 am September 19, 2013 #

  25. It’s so hard to know who Sean REALLY is and to read this. He has such a kind heart and was lead in the wrong direction.
    I hope he gets help.

    Comment by agreewsaddened — 6:23 am September 19, 2013 #

  26. Assuming Sean is the guy standing in the doorway?

    https://www.facebook.com/sean.jeardoe

    IMO, gun theft should mean automatic prison time. Even without the gun theft, it’s mind boggling that he was released almost immediately after his arrest in July.

    Comment by anonyme — 7:36 am September 19, 2013 #

  27. I too know Sean as he grew up as my neighbor and played with our children. Sean was a great kid, really great kid. Had early morning paper routes, worked as a grocery bagger, construction, etc. I too am so heartbroken for his parents. I cannot even imagine their pain and grief for the loss of the son they lovingly raised. Obviously, he has gone down the evil path of addiction. As sad as I am, I am angry. He has TERRORIZED his former neighbors since May. He has broken into homes of his former neighbors with children and has frightened these kids to death. I can’t imagine coming home to the realization that you have been violated. Our once idealic iconic neighborhood has been destroyed by him. But we are a strong neighborhood and we are taking it back!!! BTW, WS Blog, he was not arrested on Vashon. Reread the Beachcomber article.

    Comment by alsosaddened — 8:37 am September 19, 2013 #

  28. We believe this couple and baby knocked on our door Monday or Tuesday afternoon inquiring about some Craigslist ad. Luckily my wife was home. We live on Atlas Place.

    Comment by WsBoB — 8:53 am September 19, 2013 #

  29. @CandrewB and Ajax- My kids are also sad about this story… to see someone they know fall down a path that leads to somewhere like this is not an experience that SHOULD make them feel indifference. I don’t appreciate the condescending tone of your comment .. why should they “get back to us in 20 years?” Emotion is just as valid at 20 as it is at 40. Have you ever known someone that has had their life taken over by drugs or alcohol? What if this were YOUR son? I think you also would have a hard time dealing with that. Age makes no difference. I think its sad that he is so young and obviously has so many people that know him to be a different kind of person. and yes, I have had a kid about the same age try to steal my phone right in front of me and yes, I’ve had my car stolen on Alki… but I still know enough to think it through… that this is a PERSON and that they have value to someone. Obviously it doesn’t excuse the behavior/crime but it does bring a human element to it when talking to people that know and care for the person that committed it.

    Comment by LisaB — 8:57 am September 19, 2013 #

  30. Alsosaddened – “following the thefts on Vashon, he was arrested …” I am not seeing a different arrest location mentioned. That said, I have also just gone back to the multiple pages of court documents I downloaded to research this story (the VB story was only the reader-shared tip that he was back in jail) and none of the documents specify an exact location either – the cover document with the charges, in arguing for higher bail, says “The defendant was arrested a few days ago in another stolen car after eluding police officers. He drove on the curb to try to escape and he had his pregnant girlfriend in the car.” So in case it was not on Vashon after all, since you raise the question, I’ll amend the text.
    .
    PS to WsBOB – (a) the baby appears to still be in utero, since the charging documents from a couple days ago mention “pregnant girlfriend,” so it couldn’t have been then – also because (b) they were arrested and jailed a week ago, per the jail register. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 9:08 am September 19, 2013 #

  31. Please, please, keep Sean incarcerated so that he’ll get a chance to rehabilitate. He has, believe it or not, a gentle soul. He was full of hope. He needs help and love. And yes, all of you who got burglarized, I feel for you, too. I know it feels unsafe in your own house and your privacy has been violated. In the end, you lost possessions. I think that you cannot go through life without losing possessions. Big picture-be grateful you are OK and no one got hurt (unti now) .
    So keep him in jail!!!

    Comment by Yestosaddended — 11:22 am September 19, 2013 #

  32. http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/seattle-police-bust-couple-stolen-truck-property/nYjSx/

    Best photo I can find of him…

    With all these crimes, this better be a Burglary 1, ie…Strike 1. Enough is enough…

    Comment by GeneK — 4:11 pm September 23, 2013 #

  33. My cabin on the North end had an attempted break-in on July 8th… two entryway doormats flipped over, rocks and planters moved as if looking for a key, grimy handprints on windows, footprints on deck. The local Sheriff came out the next day but did nothing… really creepy.

    Comment by Renee — 3:59 pm September 27, 2013 #

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