An Audi stolen from Genesee Hill, mentioned in West Seattle Crime Watch 10 days ago, was found a few days after it was taken. We learned this because we discovered its alleged thieves are in jail – charged in connection with four stolen vehicles.
32-year-old Leslie Davis and 42-year-old Bryan Tiedeman were arrested eight days ago, the afternoon of Sunday, December 15th, after crashing a stolen 1996 gray Honda Civic in the 7700 block of Highland Park Way SW.
Police had tried to pull over the car – with Davis driving and Tiedeman riding – in South Park moments earlier, but gave up the chase, court documents say, after Davis started driving recklessly. Police had recognized him as the man who ran from them the day before (December 14th) after ditching another stolen car, a blue 1995 Acura Integra, when they tried to stop him near 37th/Alaska. The Acura had been stolen in South Admiral three days earlier.
Back to the crash on December 15th: Documents say Davis and Tiedeman scooped some items out of the stolen Civic – which had been taken from North Admiral – before trying to run from officers. Those items included credit cards and a checkbook belonging to the owner of the stolen Audi we mentioned at the start of this story. (Still with us?) So that’s how they linked them to the Audi. (Tiedeman also is reported to have been in possession of meth and of items confirmed as stolen from yet another person who was a victim of mail theft.) Police say Davis admitted to stealing all three of the aforementioned cars; Tiedeman admitted to knowing the Civic was a stolen car.
Charges filed against the two last week include multiple counts of possession of a stolen vehicle as well as drug charges and attempting to elude police; Davis has additional charges related to a stolen vehicle with which police say he was caught in Georgetown last month. The charging documents say both are being investigated in connection with other stolen cars beyond the ones mentioned here. Both have records; Tiedeman’s is the longest, with court documents saying he has been booked into the King County Jail 34 times in the past 20 years. His bail is set at $50,000; Davis, $25,000; both have been in jail since their arrest December 15th. We’ve added the case to our watch list.