Exterior of the Kirkland Police Department. Blake Peterson/staff photo

Exterior of the Kirkland Police Department. Blake Peterson/staff photo

Kirkland police arrest suspect tied to vehicle prowls in Kingsgate and other cities

The 32-year-old suspect removed the catalytic converters from some of the vehicles he prowled.

  • Wednesday, April 8, 2020 3:09pm
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Kirkland police have arrested a man tied to multiple vehicle prowls at the Kingsgate Park and Ride, located at 13001 116th Way NE.

In February, the Kirkland Police Department responded to multiple vehicle prowl reports at the park and ride, where multiple victims reported having their parked and unoccupied vehicles prowled during this time, according to a press release. Some of the victims reported that the catalytic converters on their vehicles had also been removed. This led to replacement bills that exceeded multiple thousands of dollars for victims.

According to the release, the Kirkland police pro-act team was assigned the cases for follow-up investigation with the hope that a suspect could be identified. During the month of March, numerous hours were dedicated to this investigation which subsequently lead to identifying a 32-year-old man as the suspect. The release states that during the investigation, the suspect was found to also be connected to multiple vehicle prowls and thefts that stretched across multiple cities and communities.

On April 5, the suspect was arrested in Duvall with the assistance of detectives from the King County Sheriff’s Office. His vehicle was seized at the time, as it was believed stolen property was possibly inside, along with the reciprocating saw he used to cut the catalytic converters from the vehicles, the release states. The suspect was taken into custody and the case has been filed with the prosecutor’s office. Investigators are currently preparing a search warrant for his vehicle to be reviewed by a judge so that they can retrieve any evidence found inside.

The suspect is currently facing charges of vehicle prowling in the second degree, second-degree theft and malicious mischief in the first degree.

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