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Police up number of nearby burglaries, stolen cars to seven

Posted by Mike on March 2nd, 2012

On Wednesday Seattle police notified the neighborhood of three cases where  burglars entered three neighborhood homes while the occupants were inside.

Make that seven.

Today police said at least seven vehicles have been stolen nearby in a series of burglaries:

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.

The release calls out the Roosevelt and Green Lake neighborhoods, but we know from Wednesday’s story that at least two of the burglaries occurred in Maple Leaf.

Because of the increasing frequency of the burglaries, with four incidents just this week, and the unusual nature of the break-ins—burglars don’t typically break in to occupied homes—the North Precinct is concentrating patrols in the hardest-hit areas while detectives work to identify suspects. Patrol officers are also using patrol cars equipped with license plate readers to try to locate the stolen vehicles.

Although detectives haven’t made any arrests, they have identified a person of interest previously convicted for a series of similar burglaries in the last two years.

Read the full release here.



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