Police nab two suspects in home burglaries
April 5, 2012
By Christina Lords
The Newcastle Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies located two suspects after a home burglary was reported Feb. 29 on Forest Drive in Bellevue, just outside of Newcastle city limits.
The house was occupied during the incident, Police Chief Melinda Irvine said in a statement.
Two male suspects fled into the heavily wooded area toward Newcastle-Golf Club Road. Due to the proximity of the incident to Newcastle, police are looking into possible connections to burglaries in the city.
Newcastle officers, King County Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives, and K-9 units from Kirkland and Federal Way assisted Bellevue police.
The suspects were hiding under a foot of leaves in a ravine and were located by the K-9 units.
“We will continue a thorough investigation of the burglaries that have occurred in the city to determine if these men are responsible, and work to locate any stolen property,” Irvine said.
The suspects may be responsible for several burglaries in Newcastle over the past few months.
Irvine gave an update on the investigations at a Newcastle City Council meeting and the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce luncheon in March.
“One of the reasons we’re seeing a lot of burglaries now is because of the economy,” she said. “The price of gold is very high, and it’s one of the primary items these people are looking for.”
There were nine home burglaries in January and 10 in February in Newcastle. There were also four commercial burglaries during the same time period, and the suspects reportedly responsible for three of those have been identified and the associated investigation is nearly complete, according to the city.
Irvine said there had been six burglaries in the city by mid-March.
“This has been all over King County,” she said. “Luckily, we have not been hit as seriously as some of the other … areas in Seattle, but we are very aware and very concerned about the burglary problem. We have a very large, very active investigation going on.”
A Newcastle detective is working with a Bellevue detective on suspect interviews.
Irvine said the ultimate goal of the long-term investigation is to curb the problem, not just solve one burglary.
“I would like to thank all of the residents who have called in suspicious activity, vehicles, provided license plate numbers, descriptions, and even photos and video at times,” she said. “These are helpful in our investigation and in deterring criminal activity in the community.”
As investigations continue, Irvine encourages residents to continue to be aware of their surroundings.
If residents observe suspicious activity, they are encouraged to call 911 or the nonemergency dispatch number, 206-296-3311, to have an officer respond.
Police encourage residents to put the nonemergency dispatch number into their cellphones so it is easily available in case a suspicious incident arises.