EDMONDS — Detectives believe they’ve arrested a man who has stolen from at least 20 people around Edmonds and Woodway.
Police found about a dozen bags of stolen property in a motel room where the man was staying. They included mail, jewelry, electronics and prescription medicine.
The 24-year-old Lynnwood man was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for suspicion of theft, vehicle prowling and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Edmonds Police Department.
“Additional charges are likely as the investigation evolves,” a news release from the department said.
An Edmonds neighborhood recently saw a string of car prowling cases. Home security cameras caught some of the incidents on video, providing police with information about the suspect, such as his clothing and vehicle.
Around 2 a.m. Monday, a police sergeant found the man while patrolling the neighborhood. The suspect was reportedly riding a stolen bicycle and fled on foot when he saw the officer, according to the news release.
Officers and a police dog searched for the man for several hours.
They tracked him to a motel on Highway 99. Police arrested the man, as well as a woman in the room who had an unrelated warrant. That’s when officers recovered the allegedly stolen items.
“Detectives believe they have evidence for over 20 victims at this time,” the news release said. “They will reach out to those victims they are able to identify as soon as is practical.”
Edmonds residents who have recently had items stolen from a vehicle and have not notified police are asked to call 425-407-3999. Police request that people provide serial numbers or other identifying marks of the property.