Four felony charges have been filed against the burglary suspect arrested at Hiawatha Playfield one week ago tonight after a wide-ranging search in Admiral. 29-year-old Garrett Cimmery of Federal Way is charged with one count of residential burglary and three counts of firearms theft; the charging documents say three shotguns were among the items he is accused of stealing from the victims’ home near Me-Kwa-Mooks Park. They also shine additional light into what prosecutors say happened:
As reported previously, a neighbor saw an unfamiliar car and man in the victims’ driveway; when the victims returned home shortly thereafter and discovered the burglary, the information was provided to police. The neighbor saw the same car show up in the neighborhood less than two hours after the break-in; police were called again, an officer spotted the car headed eastbound in Admiral, and it was abandoned in the Admiral Starbucks/Baskin-Robbins parking lot, where the driver bolted. Cimmery was caught after an extensive search and short foot chase.
New information in the charging documents says a friend of the suspect lives in a trailer at the Burien location where Cimmery told police he stashed the stolen guns. Cimmery is reported to have told police he didn’t intend to commit a burglary but was driving around in West Seattle and happened to see the victims leaving their house. He said he then parked the rented car in the driveway and knocked on two doors at the house; when no one answered, he pushed on a large glass window that opened, and that’s how he got inside. He told police the guns he stole were in a closet next to a gun safe, so, he said, he left the house with the guns and jewelry to get bolt cutters to bring back for breaking into the safe. The neighbor said he drove off after that second approach when he saw her come out of her house with a phone, intending to get a photo or video.
He has been out of jail since late last Monday night, after posting bond on $10,000 bail. Along with charges, prosecutors asked for a higher bail, but what’s on file suggests that was not granted. He will be expected back in court before month’s end to answer the charges.