Newcastle hit by recent string of burglaries

April 29, 2011

By Staff

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UPDATED — 10:35 a.m. May 2, 2011

Newcastle was hit by two strings of burglaries during the last two weeks, Police Chief Melinda Irvine wrote in an electronic alert to residents April 26. Irvine released descriptions April 29 of two vehicles of interest in the crimes.

The first string of burglaries occurred in the Lake Washington Crest neighborhood. Burglars forced their ways into three homes in the 8000 block of 119th Avenue Southeast, entering through back doors. The burglaries occurred during the day April 19.

What appears to be a second burglar or group of burglars broke into three garages across the city at night between April 20 and 25, stealing items from cars parked inside, Irvine said.

The garages entered are in the 7500 block of 138th Place Southeast, the 13700 block of Southeast 80th Street and 6800 block of 132nd Place Southeast.

The vehicles of interest are a boxy, light blue, older-style car, possibly an Oldsmobile, and a white Mercedes from the late 1980s or early 1990s, Irvine said. If you see cars matching these descriptions exhibiting suspicious behavior, write down their license plate numbers if you can and call the King County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency dispatch line at 206-296-3311.

Call 911 if you see a crime in progress.

Irvine gave the following tips to residents in the wake of the crimes:

– Lock doors, windows and garage doors even while you are home

– Keep the perimeter of your house well lit and shrubs trimmed back around windows and doors.

– Use timers on lights and radios to make your home appear occupied while you are away.

– Stop your mail or have a trusted neighbor or friend pick it up while you are away.

– Consider using an alarm system.

– Take advantage of the Newcastle Police vacation house check program. Sign up here or at City Hall, 13020 Newcastle Way. Forms are available outside City Hall 24 hours a day, seven days a week

If you have any information about the burglaries, call King County Sheriff’s Office detectives at 206-296-3883 or the Newcastle Police Department at City Hall at 649-4444, ext. 120.

For more information about participating in a block watch program, email Newcastle Police officer Ryan Olmsted at Ryan.Olmsted@kingcounty.gov.

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