Shortly before midnight on Nov. 5 a Shoreline officer conducting routine patrol in the area of Northeast 175th Street and 12th Avenue Northeast ran the license plate of a black Jeep Cherokee according to a Nov. 14 police release.
A short time later, the officer received a computer return on the car and learned it was listed as stolen from Seattle.
The officer contacted a male who looked like the driver of the vehicle and told him he was in the area to investigate a report of an argument.
The suspect gave a false name and said “he’d seen kids running.” The office initially walked off in the direction the suspect pointed but then returned to his patrol car and watched as the stolen car began to slowly back out of a driveway. Additional officers stopped the car and learned the driver was indeed the same male the officer had spoken with a short time earlier.
The suspect was positively identified and arrested for the car theft and an outstanding felony warrant for burglary. The suspect was from the Burien area.
Car prowl suspects arrested
At about 1:34 a.m. on Nov. 6 two Shoreline officers arrived at the 200 block of North 171st Street to investigate a report of a car prowl.The victim told the officers that he was awakened about twenty minutes prior to the sound of their car alarm. When he went outside he noticed a square hole in the canvas roof of his Mustang. The victim said that his black wallet had been stolen from the center console of the car, according to a release by police.
The officers contacted two 14-15-year-old males approximately three blocks away. One of the suspects was asked what was inside the backpack he was carrying and he said “it wasn’t his that it belonged to a friend.” One of the suspects also admitted to having a box cutter in his pants pocket.
The suspects eventually admitted that they were responsible for the theft. Both suspects are residents of Shoreline and attend Shorecrest High School.
According to a release by police, the suspects admitted to committing numerous other car prowls during an interview following their arrests. The officers drove the suspects around the area but they were not able to point out which vehicles they had prowled because they could not remember.
The cars they entered were all unlocked and did not require forced entry or damage to the car which left no visible indicators on the cars involved, according to Sgt. Katie Larson.