Newcastle police seek information for home burglary, lighting thefts

February 21, 2012

By Christina Lords

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NEW — 11 a.m. Feb. 21, 2012 

Police are seeking information after a house was burglarized Feb. 15 in the 8200 block of 117th Ave. SE.  Prior to the burglary, two males came to the door of that house and said they were raising money for earthquake relief, according to Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine.  The men were driving a black four-door Lexus.

The first man is described as a skinny Asian male that is about 5 foot, 9 inches tall. The second man is described as an Asian male, 5 feet, 9 inches or 5 feet, 10 inches tall with a medium build and short hair. He was reportedly wearing a white shirt and tie.

Contact Detective Christy Marsalisi or any other member of the Newcastle Police Department at 425-649-4444 if you have been contacted by the men or have any other information regarding the burglary.

Residents can also email the department at police@ci.newcastle.wa.us or provide an anonymous tip through our anonymous tip page at http://www.ci.newcastle.wa.us/police/anonymous_tip.htm.

Residential lighting thefts

The department is also seeking information regarding residential landscape lighting has been stolen from in front of multiple houses in the Reserve neighborhood within the last month.

Car theft suspect identified

Residents of Newcastle reported several vehicles that were stolen in the last month and several attempted thefts. After a witness and tip from a resident, the NPD has identified one of the suspects in at least one of the attempted thefts.

The department is working to complete charging papers to refer the case to prosecutors.

If you observe suspicious activity, call 911 or the non-emergency dispatch number 206-296-3311 to have an officer respond. The department recommends residents program the non-emergency dispatch number into cell phones for quicker response times.

Nonprofit group to go door-to-door this month

A nonprofit group, United States Mission, is going door-to-door in Newcastle Feb. 16 to March 2. Because they are nonprofit, they are not required to carry door-to-door permits, but they will identify themselves as being with the United States Mission group.

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