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Four men charged with two home burglaries in Kirkland, one in Kenmore | Update
Four Seattle men were charged Oct. 12 for residential burglary and firearm theft in the Kirkland/Juanita and Kenmore area.
Michael Wade, 26, Filmon Berhe, 28, Christopher Patterson, 19, and Cody Wade, 18 from Seattle were charged for three home burglaries - two in Juanita, one in Kenmore - as well as six counts of firearm theft from one Juanita home.
The men were arrested after a Bellevue landscaper tipped off Bellevue police of a suspicious gold Toyota Camry in the Newport Shores area. The landscaper noticed the vehicle driving slowly through the neighborhood he was working in, and at some point, he saw two of the five men get out of the car “possibly casing homes to burglarize,” charging documents stated.
When the men noticed they were being watched, they drove away quickly but ran into several dead-end streets, documents continue. Undercover Bellevue police responded and followed the vehicle to Monorom Jewelry on Martin Luther King Junior Way South.
Wade was positively identified and it was discovered he still had a current no-bail felony escape warrant for his arrest of possessing illegal drugs as well as attempted residential burglary. In addition, Wade had an officer safety advisory for assaulting Seattle police in May and he and his associates are known gang members, documents say. A search dog named K9 Kuva gave signals there were narcotics in the vehicle.
The undercover policeman called for back up and the four were taken into custody, according to the documents.
During a frisk search, Patterson told police they sold nine pieces of gold jewelry to Monorom Jewelry for $610, the documents said. Two tablet devices were discovered under a jacket in the Toyota as well as the smell of marijuana.
After a search warrant was acquired for the vehicle, police discovered three laptop computers, two notebook computers, a camera case with a victim’s name on it, several bottles of liquor and men’s clothing with a receipt of another victim’s name.
All men were previously convicted felons and have past warrants for various crimes.
Their bail is set for between $50,000 and $250,000.