Skateboard burglar arrested after ‘Most Wanted’ tips
By REPORTER STAFF
Kirkland Reporter Staff
December 21, 2012 · Updated 11:23 AM
Bellevue police nabbed a burglar Thursday who was caught on camera carrying a skateboard last month after a viewer recognized him from Washington’s Most Wanted.
Assisting Kirkland police, Bellevue’s Special Enforcement Team arrested the 42-year-old suspect in Federal Way Thursday following the anonymous tipsters via Crime Stoppers.
The suspect is being booked into the King County Jail for investigation of first-degree theft and residential burglary.
The Kirkland Police Department asked for the public’s help in identifying the man after he burglarized a Kirkland home on Nov. 13 in the 14100 block of 107th Ave. N.E.
The victim’s residence was protected by a video surveillance system and captured video images of the suspect approaching the victim’s home and the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect was shown carrying a “long board” skateboard and eventually forced entry through a rear door.
The suspect then backed a vehicle into the victim’s driveway and loaded it with property stolen from the victim’s residence. This included stolen electronics, jewelry and property in excess of $4,900.
“Kirkland Detectives wish to thank the local media, particularly Q13’s Washington’s Most Wanted and Crimes Stoppers and most importantly the citizens who called in valuable tips leading to the identification of the suspect in this case,” noted Lieutenant John Haslip, Kirkland Police Department.
Also instrumental in the case was the Bellevue Police Department and its Special Enforcement Team who provided assistance in making the apprehension of the suspect.