West Seattle Crime Watch: Highland Park burglary suspect arrested after officer’s White Center pawn-shop hunch

Also just in via SPD Blotter – a Highland Park burglary suspect caught by police in White Center while trying to sell what he allegedly stole. The story spanned multiple locations which we’ve just clarified with SPD’s Det. Drew Fowler, so we’re summarizing with added information, as well as quoting:

Police say the burglary happened in the 9400 block of 7th SW (map) around 7 pm last night – a resident saw a man go into his garage, steal an air compressor, and take it to a getaway car nearby. A plainclothes officer in the area went to Pawn Pros at 16th/102nd in White Center (map) and found a vehicle matching the description given to SPD. The officer checked the license plate and discovered it was a stolen car. A female passenger was inside, but the burglary suspect was nowhere in sight. Picking up the SPDB account:

Unbeknownst to officers at the time, the victim’s sister had the same suspicion and went to the same pawnshop. Inside the pawnshop the victim’s sister recognized the suspect and the air compressor. She took a cellphone picture of the man holding the air compressor, which prompted him to leave the store.

Officers saw the suspect exit the pawnshop still carrying the compressor which he loaded into the stolen car. Patrol officers attempted to stop the suspect, but he began driving recklessly, speeding through neighborhoods and stop signs alike.

This happened in White Center and Highland Park – finally, officers terminated the vehicle pursuit for safety concerns, and found the stolen car, empty, in the 11000 block of 18th SW in White Center. The burglary suspect and his female passenger were caught nearby. Police found drugs in his possession “as well as property taken in a recent car prowl,” they reported (that’s been returned to its owner). The 27-year-old suspect is jailed for “investigation of attempt to elude, auto theft, trafficking in stolen property, drug possession, and burglary.”

5 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Highland Park burglary suspect arrested after officer's White Center pawn-shop hunch"

  • chuck and sally's van man April 23, 2015 (4:34 pm)

    Intuition and initiative are powerful forces. Good for the victim’s sister and plain clothes cop for following their hunches. Good police work all around. Glad this POS got popped. Love it.

  • nachobeaver April 23, 2015 (7:53 pm)

    thats what im talking about.. spd is on a roll lately keep up the good work guys ;)

  • 617PSC April 23, 2015 (10:07 pm)

    Excellent work, SPD!

  • pw45 April 24, 2015 (7:45 am)

    Pew pew pew get em starsky

  • Juan Lolo April 24, 2015 (12:03 pm)

    Agreed! Excellent work SPD… The victim’s sister should go to the academy.

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