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Police warn of a rash of burglars entering occupied homes while residents are asleep

Posted by Mike on March 4th, 2012

Update March 5: Police report the most recent in this series of north end burglaries:

On March 5th, at approximately 6:20 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to a report of a burglary that occurred overnight in the 7700 Block of 29th Avenue NE.  A 2004 Toyota was stolen from the residence as well as electronic items. Burglary detectives responded to the scene and will handle the follow up investigation. This is the most recent is a series of north end burglaries where vehicles have been taken.

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Police overnight issued a new warning about an unsettling trend – burglars who break into home while the occupants are inside and – in a number of cases – steal the victims’ cars as well.

In a relatively mild case, someone about 3 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, threw a concrete block through a daylight basement window in the 9700 block of 27th Avenue Northeast- while the occupants were sleeping, police say.

The burglar took an electronics device and fled on foot. “Containment was quickly established and K9 made an unsuccessful attempt to track the suspect(s),” police say.

In the 3800 block of 42nd Avenue Northeast an overnight burglar entered an unlocked kitchen door and took a number of items including electronics, police say.

And in 400 block of 41st Avenue Northeast, burglars entered an unlocked back door or window and took electronics, car keys – and the car.

The suspect(s) also stole a green, 2005 Acura MDX, WA license # AFV-9085. After an unsuccessful attempt to steal another vehicle. Both vehicles were parked on the street in front of the residence they belong to.

In each case, the residents were asleep in their respective homes.  All suspects remain at large; no suspect descriptions.

If the listed stolen vehicle is seen, do not contact occupants, call 911.

These cases are on top of seven others that police warned neighborhoods about on Friday, March 2. Those involved the Maple Leaf, Roosevelt and Green Lake areas.

Since January, a burglar or group of burglars have entered victims’ homes through unlocked doors during the late evening and early morning hours and stolen purses, laptops, ski equipment, and car keys before fleeing in the victims’ vehicles.

Most of the victims were unaware they had been burglarized until they awoke the morning after the break-ins.

For crime prevention tips and ways to help keep your home safe go to www.seattle.gov/police/prevention/neighborhood/home_security.htm



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