Newcastle residents provide tips to lead police to burglary suspects

December 9, 2011

By Staff

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UPDATED — 5:41 p.m. Dec. 9, 2011

Newcastle Police Officer Ryan Olmsted arrested two suspects at about 2 p.m. Dec. 8 in connection with recent burglaries reported in Bellevue, Newcastle, Renton and unincorporated King County, according to a release from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine.

Two other suspects fled the scene.

A King County deputy later located one of those two suspects and arrested him, while the fourth suspect remains at large, Irvine said.

Two Newcastle residents provided tips, including the suspects’ license plate number, to the Newcastle Police Department via its anonymous email and non-emergency phone lines that lead to the arrests, Irvine said.

The group had been casing homes in the area and had burglarized at least one residence just prior to being arrested, according to the release. The number of burglaries the group may be responsible for is still under investigation, and charges against the three suspects are expected early next week, Irvine said.

Some items were recovered that are believed to have been taken in Renton burglaries. The Renton Police Department is handling the suspects and associated investigation from the arrests.

According to the release, a woman from the group would reportedly knock on the door of a home and if someone answered, she would ask if they wanted to donate to a charity. The group was reportedly looking for homes that appeared to be unoccupied.

If you were a victim of a burglary and have not yet reported it, call 206-296-3311.

If you think this group contacted you at your house Dec. 8 or you have any other information that may assist in the investigation, call the Newcastle Police Department at City Hall at 425-649-4444.

If you observe suspicious activity, please call 911 to have an officer respond.

The NPD offers these tips to keep a home secure this winter:

  • Lock your doors, windows and garage door even when 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 when you are away.
  • Stop your mail or have a trusted neighbor or friend pick it up when you are away
  • Consider using an alarm system.
  • Take advantage of the Newcastle Police Vacation House Check program. Forms may be submitted through the city website at www.ci.newcastle.wa.us or at City Hall.
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