Crime Watch: Burglary victim? Browse dozens of photos of stolen property – some might be yours

February 18, 2014 at 1:17 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 7 Comments

That’s one of just dozens of images in a photo gallery showing unclaimed stolen property from a burglary spree – jewelry, phones, wallets, photos, sports cards, prescription drugs, more. We don’t know so far whether any of it is from burglaries in West Seattle. But just in case – we’re sharing this found-property info just in from King County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. Cindi West, who is asking that it be distributed far and wide:

Were you the victim of a burglary between January 2012 and July 2013? If you were and you live somewhere between Mill Creek, Washington and Tigard, Oregon, we may have property that was stolen in your burglary.

Detectives from the Sammamish Police Department and the King County Sheriff’s Office are trying to find the owners of stolen property that was recovered last July after the arrest of a couple who admitted to committing dozens of burglaries between Tigard, Oregon and Mill Creek, Washington.

Krystal Sweetman, 27 of Puyallup and Steven Tipton, 27 of Tacoma were arrested last July after an investigation that revealed the couple had committed more than 80 residential burglaries between January 2012 and July 2013. The couple sold many of the stolen items at area coin shops, netting over $346,000 in the 18-month crime spree.

Detectives also discovered that the pair had a storage unit that was packed with property taken from the burglaries. Many of the stolen items from the storage unit have not been claimed and detectives are hoping to reunite victims with their property.

In January, Sweetman pleaded guilty to multiple charges and was sentenced to 36 months in prison and 36 months in community custody. Tipton is expected to plead later this month.

Detectives have photographed the unclaimed property and have provided a [password-protected] link to photos for the public to view. Detectives are asking anyone who was the victim of a burglary between January, 2012 and July, 2013 to look at the photos to see if any of the property belongs to you.

If you have questions please call 804-885-KCSO (5276) – do NOT call other police department numbers. If you see property that you believe belongs to you, follow the instructions on the link. You will be asked to provide the case number of your burglary and will need to provide some proof the item is yours.

If you have trouble accessing the site, please try at another time. We expect the site to be inundated with viewers and access may be limited during the initial release of information.

Here again is the photo-gallery link; the password is SammamishPD – and it IS case-sensitive.

7 Comments

  1. Do they get to keep the $346,000? Because that’s pretty good pay for 36 months of jail time (at most).

    Comment by Simeon — 1:40 pm February 18, 2014 #

  2. I’m not mega-familiar with this case since the charged crimes happened out of this area, but restitution is usually ordered at some point, even if ultimately it is just symbolic…

    Comment by WSB — 1:45 pm February 18, 2014 #

  3. Oy. What is the password? :-/ It’ll take several days for them to get back to me and then I have to dig up my case number? Does anyone have access to it already?

    Comment by Beth — 2:48 pm February 18, 2014 #

  4. Are you bleeping kidding me?!!! These people stole so much stuff they needed a storage unit and netted over $300,000 dollars and all the person got was three years in prison and what some kind of work release community custody type deal
    /probation for 3 years? Pathetic

    Comment by Eric — 3:04 pm February 18, 2014 #

  5. The password is at the bottom of the story – SammamishPD (cut and paste it, would be the easiest way to use it – as the note says, it IS case-sensitive; I browsed most of the photos before publishing the story and could not get in if S and P and D were not capitalized). – TR

    Comment by WSB — 3:09 pm February 18, 2014 #

  6. Any way to know if the police will be cross referencing fingerprints to other cases? Prints were taken at my house, it would be nice to know if they caught the guys… I didn’t recognize any of the jewelry, but some of the pics were hard to decipher.

    Comment by Rachel — 5:52 pm February 18, 2014 #

  7. I was robbed twice during this time frame but I cannot access the photos. I pasted the password but nothing happens. I lost a LOT of stuff and would really like to have a look. Does anyone have a suggestion?

    Comment by Lisa — 6:02 am February 20, 2014 #

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