11:11 AM: Last night we were asked about a sizable police response and apparent arrest in Arbor Heights near 35th and 102nd. Today, we have details: Police arrested a 13-year-old suspected in multiple burglaries/attempts. Officers found him after a report of someone trying to break into a house near 98th/32nd; items found on him were linked to other break-ins. The report we obtained from police says he just got out a week ago after serving time for other burglaries. Still working on more info – added details to come.
ADDED 12:33 PM: More details from the report:
First, the reader report that led us to this information:
My house was broken into yesterday between 3 am and 2 pm. I live on 30th between Othello and Myrtle. He trashed my house inside and stole my work phone and keys plus jewelry. He was caught yesterday afternoon attempting to break into a house with someone home. I will get all my items back eventually. The police told me they had been looking for this guy for a while now. He has been breaking into homes all over West Seattle. He is a juvenile. The scene investigators took fingerprints from the window he broke into and from items in my house.
Making the connection with multiple reports about the response in Arbor Heights, we contacted Seattle Police media relations to verify, and to obtain the report on the case that led to the arrest.
After a search, the suspect was found at a bus stop on 35th SW, breathing heavily and sweating – and in possession of a backpack containing, according to the police report, “a set of keys with an ID card for (name redacted) who is a victim of a burglary where he had keys and an ID card stolen (case #). There was a red marker that matched a red pen used earlier today on a burglary (case #). Multiple car keys and house keys were located in the backpack along with 9mm ammunition in a Winchester box. On (suspect’s) person was a Sprint cell phone, car keys with multicolored wrist band, and a gold pocket watch. There was a burglary (case #) that was only a few blocks from (case #). I contacted the homeowner (name redacted), who described the Sprint cell phone, 9mm ammunition, car keys, and gold pocket watch as being hers. The backpack and property was photographed and placed into evidence … (The suspect) was later booked into (the Youth Services Center) for investigation of attempted burglary and investigation of possession of stolen property.”
We are still checking the system to match addresses to those case numbers.
ADDED 12:51 PM: The burglary case # with the cell phone, ammunition, and gold pocket watch matches our original reader report from 30th/Othello; the red-pen burglary case # was from a break-in yesterday in the 6000 block of SW Lanham; we’re having difficulty finding the address linked to the other one.