Police E-Alert: Nighttime Burglary - Police Seeking Witnesses, Video
Posted on 11/17/2017

Early this morning, Nov. 17, 2017, at about 4:20 a.m., two subjects were seen going into the backyard of a house in the 7500 block of 138th Place Southeast. Evidence showed they attempted to enter the house before being scared off by an alert neighbor who contacted an associate in front of the house. They fled in a stolen vehicle - a silver Toyota Versa. Another burglary (garage only) occurred sometime overnight in the 8500 block of 135th Avenue Southeast.

Bellevue Police had a burglary just north of Newcastle around 4:45 a.m. where two vehicles were stolen. It is unclear at this time if the suspects are the same in these three incidents. We are looking for any video surveillance or witnesses who may have seen the suspect(s) or the suspicious vehicle.

If you have a video system that may show a suspicious vehicle or suspect(s) walking in the area between approximately 3:45 a.m. and 4:45 a.m., please contact Detective Chris Leyba at 206-850-7446 and reference case number C17056353. Residents have been great about taking photos, writing down license plate numbers and calling us when they see suspicious activity. Please continue to do so, making sure you remain safe. This is also a good reminder to take precautions to prevent a burglary of your home or shed. Some items we recommend include:

• Lock your doors, windows and garage door even when you are home.
• Remove your garage door opener from vehicles parked outside (or lock the garage door so it won't open).
• If you have an alarm system, use it (it does not have to be monitored to be effective). Consider setting the perimeter alarm at night (but put a reminder on your doors not to open them without turning off alarm until you are used to the alarm being on at night).
• If you do not want to talk to someone at your door, tell them no thank you through the door. You do not need to open the door.
• Use timers on lights and radios to make your home appear occupied when you are away.
• Stop your mail or have a trusted neighbor or friend pick it up when you are away.
• Take advantage of the Newcastle Police Vacation House Check program. Forms may be submitted through the city web site, newcastlewa.gov/housecheck, or at City Hall.

We also encourage you to work with your neighbors to prevent crimes in your area. If you would like more information about a Block Watch program, please contact Officer Devon Edwards, Devon.Edwards@kingcounty.gov.

If at any time you observe any criminal or suspicious activity, do not hesitate to call 911 or the non-emergency dispatch number, 206-296-3311 (program this number into your cell phones).

- Police Chief Melinda Irvine

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