Police seek information about Hazelwood burglaries

October 9, 2011

By Staff

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After several burglaries and an attempted burglary in the Hazelwood neighborhood in September, Newcastle police are reaching out to residents for information assisting in their investigations of the crimes.

According to a news release from Police Chief Melinda Irvine, there are multiple burglary groups breaking into homes on the Eastside, including in Newcastle and surrounding jurisdictions.

The attempted burglary took place Sept. 11 in the 7000 block of 122 Avenue Southeast.

Residential burglaries were reported Sept. 12 in the 12300 block of Southeast 74th Street and in the 15100 block of Southeast 80th Street. An additional residential burglary was reported Sept. 22 in the 12200 block of Southeast 74th Street.

The entry or attempted entry in these instances often is made to a back window by cutting or prying screens open, according to the release.

Give information that may assist in the investigations by calling the Newcastle Police Department at 649-4444, ext. 120. Submit anonymous tips through the city website at www.ci.newcastle.wa.us; click the police tab on the left to follow the quick links tab.

Police encourage residents to lock all doors, windows and garages even when residents are home, place rods in sliding windows to prevent entry, keep the perimeter of a house well lit, keep shrubs trimmed back around windows and doors, and use timers on lights and radios to make a home appear occupied when owners are away.

Residents should also have mail held or have a trusted person pick it up when they are away, use an alarm system and use the Newcastle Police Vacation House Check program.

Forms for the program may be submitted through the city website, www.ci.newcastle.wa.us, or at City Hall.

The forms are available outside City Hall 24 hours a day, seven days a week with a night drop box to submit them.

Police encourage Newcastle residents to work with neighbors to prevent crimes in the area.

Get more information about a Block Watch program by emailing Officer Ryan Olmsted at ryan.olmsted@kingcounty.gov.

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