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Assisted living center burglar arrested by Kirkland police
A male suspect, who allegedly entered the Madison House Retirement and Assisted Living Center in Kirkland and stole property on Sept. 9, is behind bars.
Kirkland Police detectives, who were anonymously tipped off via Crime Stoppers, arrested a 31-year-old male on Oct. 17. He was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of residential burglary, second-degree theft, four counts of attempted residential burglary and second degree malicious mischief.
“Kirkland Police Detectives would like to thank Q13’s Washington’s Most Wanted, Crime Stoppers and most importantly the citizens that called in the anonymous tips that led to the arrest of the suspect in this case,” KPD Lt. John Haslip said. “This is a great example of law enforcement, media and the public coming together to solve a crime.”
Surveillance footage obtained by the KPD depicted an unidentified white male entering and exiting the premises who was believed to be the burglary suspect. It was learned that a credit card stolen from one of the tenants was fraudulently used at several locations in the South Hill area of Puyallup. Detectives obtained video surveillance images from one or more of these transactions showing what was believed to be the same male suspect captured on video entering/exiting Madison House at the time of the burglary.
Detectives contacted Q13’s “Washington’s Most Wanted” TV program who assisted by airing the information in this case on two subsequent broadcasts including posting the case to their website. As a result of the broadcast and posting of the case information and suspect photos, numerous tips were received from the public via Crime Stoppers. Each tip suggesting the same male suspect.