Police issue citywide alert for burglar targeting senior citizens

While working on the next West Seattle Crime Watch roundup, we just got this, and Seattle Police say it’s a citywide alert, so it goes out first:

Seattle Police burglary detectives are attempting to identify a suspect believed to be responsible for a series of burglaries targeting victims ranging from 75 years to 94-years-old. In each incident, the suspect used a ruse to gain entry inside the victims’ home. Once inside, the suspect would distract the victim and steal from the residence. These burglaries have been citywide.

The suspect is described as an Asian or Hispanic male
30-49 years old
5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall
140-160 pounds
Black hair

The suspect vehicle is described as a newer blue or black, medium sized car in good condition.

Anyone with information about these burglaries or possible suspect/vehicle information is asked to call Seattle Police Burglary Unit at 684-5735. Those wishing to remain anonymous are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text CRIMES (274637) and preface your text information with TIP486.

3 Replies to "Police issue citywide alert for burglar targeting senior citizens"

  • katemca July 30, 2009 (11:30 pm)

    There is a special place in Hades for the person committing these crimes– and hopefully jail as well. I’m alerting my neighbors.

  • Lfauntleroy July 31, 2009 (9:36 am)

    I live in Fauntlee Hills and this happened to my next door neighbor a few months ago. Must be the same person, her description was exact. Prior to gaining entrance to her home he tried to forcefully enter the elderly neighbor on the other side.

  • no likey August 1, 2009 (8:24 am)

    There should be a law about no soliciting door to door these days…perhaps people can leave literature at your door, but not knock on the door to sell or solicit anything — including surveys, fund raisers, contests, cookies….or perhaps folks should just be strongly educated these days (a big public service push to educate people via some tv commercials or radio and print ads) to NOT let anyone in the door — or even open the door to solicitors or survey takers, etc.

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